Oklahoma football: 24′ QB commit Michael Hawkins wins QB MVP at prestigious camp

Aug 26, 2022; Allen, TX, USA; During the Prep Gridiron: St. John Bosco Braves vs Allen Eagles football game at Eagle Stadium at Allen High School. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 26, 2022; Allen, TX, USA; During the Prep Gridiron: St. John Bosco Braves vs Allen Eagles football game at Eagle Stadium at Allen High School. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Mr. Dot Thrower

2024 Sooner quarterback commit, Michael Hawkins is special. Where he currently sits in the 2024 recruiting rankings, makes him the steal of 2023’s recruiting cycle. The composite 4-star quarterback committed to the Sooners in April, and he’s been making more and more noise since then. You might ask yourself, “How can a 4-star quarterback be a steal? Isn’t 4 stars a high rating?” Let me explain why the Oklahoma football is getting the steal of the 2023 recruiting cycle.

The Frisco Emerson signal-caller just won the quarterback MVP Award at the 2023 Next Level Athlete top 100 event in Dallas back in January. Then, yesterday, Michael won the quarterback MVP at the prestigious Rivals Dallas camp. These aren’t easy awards to win. The kids who win these MVP awards typically end their senior seasons ranked as 5 stars and are considered the elite of the elite at their position nationally. Michael is one of those elite.

The future 5-star quarterback is an exceptional football player. Not only does his Junior year photos in an Allen Eagles jersey remind me of Kyler Murray, but so does his play on the field. His humble demeanor is also Kyle-ish, a refreshing sight to see. When Michael gets on a football field, you can tell he’s all business. He enters this ‘mode’ where you can tell Michael is in his zone.
I fully support Dillon Gabriel and trust me, I think Jackson Arnold is the truth, but I’m telling you… Michael Hawkins gives me legitimate Kyler Murray vibes.

He’s cold-blooded on a football field. When I watch his Hudl film, I see an athletic quarterback with a quick release and an elite ability to extend plays patiently from outside the pocket. He’s calculated with his decision-making and waits to run the football until he has no other option. That shows a maturity above average for a junior dual-threat quarterback. He’s very well coached and offers the ability to control his decisions and progress through his reads. Michael’s arm strength is excellent, and his release allows him to make throws into windows moments away from being closed.

I’m. excited about the Sooners 2024 recruiting class. I hear and fully recognize the hype surrounding the potential haul on the defensive line. The Sooners are in contention to land three 5-star defensive linemen and a couple other highly rated 4-stars up front on defense. The Sooners’ offense is also in a prime position to land the top receiver in Texas in one Bryant Wesco. The class has been shaped beautifully in its infancy. However, I feel Michael Hawkins WILL be the best of them all. I see Michael’s presence allowing him to dominate his senior year at Emerson, come to Norman in January, and compete for a spot on the field against future starter Jackson Arnold.

Before you get too mad and start DM’ing me on Twitter with Jackson Arnold’s anger messages, let me explain why Michael’s competitive arrival in Norman is good for the Oklahoma football program. In today’s NIL/Transfer Portal world, coaches must ‘over-recruit’ positions to keep the lifeblood of their program flowing. You just never know when a kid will up and leave. Michael getting to Norman and legitimately competing for a position will be a good sign of the future of Sooner football. And I’m telling you right now, it will happen.

Sooner Nation needs to pay attention to Michael Hawkins this Summer and even more this Fall. He will skyrocket the recruiting rankings into his rightful 5-star range. The Sooners were/are lucky to get his commitment early. He’s a special player, and we must prepare for his arrival in Norman next Winter.