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10 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Brenen Hawkins

In which BracketCat counts down the 10th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State wide receiver Brenen Hawkins.

#10 Jermaine Moreira
With his speed and shiftiness and that No. 10 jersey, I’m hoping that freshman wide receiver Brenen Hawkins will someday remind us all of Jermaine Moreira (10).
Photo by Peter Aiken/Kansas State/Collegiate Images via Getty Images

NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

Goal No. 10: NEVER GIVE UP. Never, never, never.

#10 Brenen Hawkins

True Freshman | 6-3 | 213 lbs. | Colleyville, Texas
Brenen Hawkins
Brenen Hawkins
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Brenen Hawkins (b. Dec. 10, 2001) is a true red zone-threat of a wide receiver from Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas, who plans on majoring in business.

Although he enrolled in time for spring practices and thus has an above-average chance of seeing the field this fall, he probably still will redshirt in 2021.

Hawkins played his senior season for the Panthers under head coach Kirk Martin, helping Heritage to earn an 8-2 record and a trip to the regional round of the Texas Class 5A Division I state playoffs.

He previously played his junior season at Godley High School, posting 50 receptions for 963 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Hawkins earned honorable mention all-state honors as a junior from the Texas Sports Writers Association and Texas Associated Press Sports Editors, in addition to first-team all-district honors.

He picked K-State over offers from Air Force, Illinois State, Kansas, Liberty, Sam Houston State, Texas Tech and Toledo, as well as interest from Baylor, Oklahoma State and TCU.

Hawkins’ primary recruiter was former wide receivers coach and current tight ends/fullbacks coach Jason Ray.

Here’s what our Drew Schneider had to say about him when he verbally committed to KSU:

“Hawkins is a huge, physical target on the outside. He’s a physical mismatch for all corners and most safeties. His ability to go up and and make contested catches down the field is his elite skill. He uses his large frame to box out smaller corners and make catches that are otherwise well defended. He’s a defensive coordinator’s nightmare in the read zone because he’s open up top even when he’s covered down below. His size allows a quarterback to put the ball in safe spots where only he can come down with the catch.”

Drew said Hawkins compares favorably to Chabastin Taylor in terms of his frame and skills.