SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State football team continued to add to its 2019 signing class with the addition of Marcus Hawkins. The linebacker becomes the fourth student-athlete to sign a National Letter of Intent with the Hornets this offseason. Hawkins will enroll at Sacramento State for the spring semester and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Marcus Hawkins (LB, 5-11, 215, Fresno, Calif./Sunnyside HS/Fresno City JC) | Hudl Video
This past fall, Hawkins was named the Valley League Co-Defensive Player of the Year after tallying 88 total tackles which included 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 1.5 sacks at Fresno City College. Hawkins had at least five tackles in 10 games during the season and helped take the Rams to the Northern California Championship game. He set a career high with 15 tackles against Butte during the regular season and had 13 against West Hills Coalinga. Hawkins also intercepted a pair of passes during the year, had a pass breakup and blocked a kick.
As a freshman, he was credited with 61 total tackles, including none for loss. He had a season high nine stops against Sierra and San Joaquin Delta. Overall, he had five or more tackles in nine games, intercepted a pass, had four PBUs and blocked three kicks.
Hawkins graduated from Sunnyside HS in Fresno, Calif., in 2017. He played three seasons of varsity football where compiled 254 career tackles with 35.0 TFLs and also rushed for 729 yards and 17 touchdowns. Hawkins earned first team all-league and all-valley honors during his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, he made 124 tackles, including 24.0 TFLs and six sacks. He had at least seven stops in each game and set his career high with 25 tackles against San Joaquin Memorial HS. Hawkins also rushed for 395 yards and 11 touchdowns during the year. His best game came against Mt. Whitney HS where he had 15 carries for 144 yards and two scores. He also found the end zone four times against Fresno HS and three times against San Joaquin Memorial HS.
Sacramento State previously signed wide receiver Xavier Mason, running back Xavier Ugorji and tight end Charlie McBride in December.