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Indiana Nabs UAB Receiver

Marqui Hawkins is officially a Hoosier and immediately eligible for next season.

Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Marqui Hawkins has had an interesting football journey. As a 3-star recruit out of Columbus, Georgia and the 50th overall receiver in his class, Marqui committed to play for Will Muschamp and the Florida Gators. He spent his first season as a redshirt before working as both wide receiver and defensive back during the Gators' spring practice. Buried on the depth chart and unlikely to see the field for either side of the ball, Hawkins transferred to UAB where he sat all last year.

But, as we all know, UAB will no longer be fielding a football team, meaning Hawkins will have to transfer yet again.

All UAB transfers are immediately eligible thanks to the exceptional circumstances of the situation and Kevin Wilson has wasted no time trying to add players to help out the Hoosiers. (Tailback Jordan Howard has been courted by Indiana as well.) Hawkins joins a group of receivers that, after the departures of Shane Wynn and Nick Stoner, becomes even more of an unknown going into next season. If Hawkins can get open and catch the ball with consistency, he'll likely be in line for quite a few snaps very early on in his Hoosier career.

Hawkins will have three years of eligibility remaining and will be competing for playing time with Dominque Booth, Issac Griffith, J-Shun Harris, and Simmie Cobbs; giving the Hoosiers lots of potential in their young receiving corps next year.