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The multi-talented Tyrail Hawkins, who played quarterback for the majority of the season at Hernando last season, has received his first scholarship offer according to Leopards' head coach John Palmer.
Hawkins, a class of 2013 prospect, picked up an offer from Division I-AA power Georgia Southern.
As a sophomore last year for Hernando, Hawkins completed just 7-of-16 passes for 74 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Leopards' run-oriented attack. Hawkins was much more productive on the ground where he carried the ball 42 times for 328 yards and two touchdowns.
During the spring, Palmer indicated that Hawkins would see the field this season mostly as a slot back, although the Leopards have developed packages to take advantage of Hawkins' speed and athleticism under center.
Hernando finished 9-1 in 2010 and qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2005. The Leopards enter the 2011 season as one of the North Suncoast's top playoff contenders.