Signed: Aeneas Hawkins Looks to Continue His Family's Football Success

By Adriana Lacy on December 20, 2017 at 8:04 am
Aeneas Hawkins
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Welcome to early signing period for the 2018 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)

Despite being an almost shoe-in to commit to hometown University of Cincinnati, Aeneas Hawkins joins the Nittany Lions as the No. 30 defensive tackle in the country. Standing at 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, Hawkins is an impressive athlete given his size.

Aeneas Hawkins
Position: Defensive tackle
Height/Weight: 6'3/265
High School: Archbishop Moeller (OH)
247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8825)
Positional Rank: No. 428 Overall, No. 30 Defensive tackle, No. 16 in Ohio
Commitment Date: August 10, 2017

247Sports Scouting Report

This is one of the more technically sound tackles in America, and the effort and intensity level are also top shelf. The questions are strictly about size, strength and what scheme fits best at the next level. He probably fits best as a 3-4 defensive end, or a 3-tech defensive tackle in a 4-3 look. How big can Hawkins get? He has a great first step and uses his hands well. Hawkins also plays in one of the premier programs in the Midwest, and he is used to facing great competition on a weekly basis.

RLR's Take

Hawkins is in good company with defensive tackles Judge Culpepper and P.J. Mustipher. He's smart and played at an extremely high level of football in high school while at Archbishop Moeller. While there are concerns about his size, look for Hawkins to bulk up once he gets to campus. When he does, he'll look to attack opposing backfields in a similar style to that of Rams star Aaron Donald, using his quickness and fluidity to skate by offensive linemen.

Moving Forward

Yellow-red light.

A starting spot for Hawkins in the already talented defensive line won't be easy, but he has the potential to join the rotation as his freshman year progresses. As he fills out and adds more weight to his frame, look for him as a potential 3-tech DT. Still, having time to add that weight and learn the schemes would be good for him, so we're leaning towards a red light.

Highlights

2018 Defensive Tackle Scholarship Chart
Seniors
Juniors
Sophomore
Freshmen
2019 Commits
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Kevin Givens*
Ellison Jordan*
Corey Bolds*
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Robert Windsor*
Antonio Shelton*
Fred Hansard*
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Judge Culpepper
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Aeneas Hawkins
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P.J. Mustipher
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* denotes redshirt season taken

Welcome to Penn State, Aeneas.
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