High School Sports

Baldwin's Corico Hawkins picks Clemson

Baldwin sent three players to the Palmetto State today.

In addition to Corico Hawkins going to Clemson, Courtney Ingram and Darius Nelson both signed with South Carolina State.

Hawkins stuck with Clemson after head coach Tommy Bowden was fired during the season. Dabo Swinney was promoted to head coach after the season.

"I looked around a little bit, but Coach Swinney came here and talked to me, and I really liked him," Hawkins said. "He did a great job once he took over, and I'm excited about going there."

Those three marked the 40th players Baldwin head coach Jesse Hicks has sent to college. Hicks, who played his college ball at Albany State, originally signed with South Carolina State out of high school.

"It's a strange deal, isn't it?" Hicks said. "It didn't work out for me at South Carolina State, but I have a friend who is an assistant coach there, and he told me, 'I'm coming for some of your players.' "

Nelson said he will play tight end with the Bulldogs, who compete in FCS' Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

"I really liked it over there and the coaches over there," Nelson said. "I think it's great that Courtney and I are going over there together. We're real tight, and it's going to be fun to be over there together."

Ingram said he will play strong safety and linebacker at South Carolina State.

"It's real emotional about the signing," he said. "I liked the school a lot. It's a small school and a small town, and it will be a good fit for me. Darius and I will be good about keeping each other on track because we know what the expectations are from our moms."