June 27, 2016
ANN ARBOR — Michigan formally welcomed the remainder of its signed 2016 freshman class over the weekend.
Save for one player.
New Jersey receiver/safety Brad Hawkins is not currently enrolled at the university, per the school’s online directory.
A 6-foot-2, 202-pound four-star prospect from Camden High School in New Jersey, Hawkins committed to Michigan on Dec. 11 and signed his national letter of intent with the rest of the class on signing day in February.
Hawkins’ high school coach at Camden, Dwayne Savage, confirmed that Hawkins is not in school yet as he’s still awaiting clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse — now known as the NCAA Eligibility Center. Savage said that Hawkins still plans on playing football at Michigan this season and hopes to have his clearance at some point toward the middle of July.
“He’s not in school yet,” Savage said. “I believe it’s a Clearinghouse situation. Right now everything’s still a go for Michigan. He just has to get everything cleared before he can step on campus.”
Michigan will begin fall camp Aug. 8. Players must get through the NCAA Clearinghouse before being able to enroll in classes and participate in football activities.
The rest of Michigan’s non-early enrolled players were all present as Michigan students in the online directory as of Monday afternoon — as most of the class reported for summer workouts over the weekend.
Michigan’s freshmen typically take part in the school’s summer bridge program, which is set to begin later this week.
Hawkins was recently named the “Male Athlete of the Year” by the Courier-Post in New Jersey.
He was one of five prospects from the state of New Jersey to sign with the Wolverines this winter, joining prep teammate/defensive end Ron Johnson, defensive tackle Rashan Gary, running back Kareem Walker and receiver Ahmir Mitchell.
Hawkins was the Garden State’s No. 7-ranked prospect in 2016.