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Newly offered 4-star already planning visit

On Wednesday, Clemson defensive ends coach Marion Hobby extended an offer from Clemson to Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller four-star defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins.

The Clemson Insider spoke with Hawkins, a 2018 prospect, shortly after he received the offer.

“I know those guys win,” Hawkins said of Clemson. “They are building a very rich tradition, and it’s fun to watch.”

Hawkins visited Clemson for the first time in the spring, and he’s already planning a return trip after receiving the offer.

“Yes, I am,” Hawkins said. “Possibly for the Pitt game (on Nov. 12).”

What is Hawkins looking forward to seeing when he makes it back to Clemson?

“I hear so much about the atmosphere down there,” he said. “I’m really interested in seeing that up close.”

Hawkins also has offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee among other schools.

The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder feels his strengths as a player are his work ethic and the effort he gives the field.

“I think my strength really lies with the motor that God gave me,” Hawkins said. “I just try to play hard and make plays. I have good hands and explosion.

“I’m not undersized, but at the same time I’m not 6-foot-6 like a lot of the guys that get recruited by a school like Clemson. I try to make up for that with the intensity I bring every play.”

Hawkins has visited Cincinnati and Ohio State this season. He plans to visit Notre Dame, Penn State and Clemson, and is working to schedule other visits, as well. He doesn’t have any leaders in his recruitment at this time.

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