Sooners receive Crystal Ball for 2025 cornerback Maliek Hawkins

The Oklahoma Sooners had the first of several big recruiting weekends in the month of March. While much of the focus is on the 2024 class, the Sooners did host several prospects in the 2025 recruiting cycle.

That includes 2025 Emerson cornerback Maliek Hawkins. As a sophomore in high school, Hawkins already has offers from three schools; Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas State.

The Sooners recently offered the talented cornerback prospect and have an inside track because of the coaching staff’s relationship with the family. Brent Venables coached his father, Mike, back in the early 2000s. Maliek’s older brother Michael Hawkins has also been heavily recruited by the Sooners for much of the last year and have been the trending favorite to land the 2024 four-star quarterback.

But apart from the family connection, Maliek is a player, someone that could bring a lot to the Oklahoma Sooners’ secondary. He already has the size, standing six feet tall as a sophomore.

He’s a physical player, unafraid to come up and make a hit in run support or in the wide receiver screen game. He plays with an edge in press coverage, looking to set the tone physically in his matchups. He does a good job mirroring receivers off the line of scrimmage and displays the ability to break up the pass at the catch point.

With Maliek in town, the Sooners issued an offer for the talented cornerback prospect, and OUInsider’s Parker Thune wasted little time issuing a crystal ball in favor of Oklahoma.

Maliek Hawkins’ Recruiting Profile





Frisco, Texas

Projected Position





160 lbs



  • Offered on March 4, 2023

  • Unofficial visit March 4, 2023

Notable Offers

Per 247Sports


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