Entering 2017 season
Young, athletic cornerback, who will look to see action this year after redshirting in 2016 ... Is third on the depth chart at right cornerback heading into the season.
REDSHIRT SEASON (2016)
Redshirted his first season at San Diego State.
Was a four-year letterwinner at Palm Springs High School in Palm Springs, Calif., with fellow Aztec defensive back Trenton Thompson ... Led the Indians to a 24-3 (.889) record, including a 11-1 (.917) mark in league play, over the past two years ... Helped the 2015 squad capture a CIF Championship ... Caught 94 passes for 1,915 yards (20.4 avg.) and 25 touchdowns over the past two years (according to MaxPreps), as well as 196 rushing yards and three more scores on 27 carries (7.3 avg.) ... Over the past three years on defense (2013-15), totaled 133 tackles (96 solo), nine interceptions, 14 pass deflections, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries ... Also punted 26 times for 962 yards (37.0 avg.) as a senior in 2015 ... Was a three-time first-team all-league selection and a two-time first-team all-CIF pick ... A three-star recruit by Rivals and 247sports as an "athlete" and a three-star recruit by Scout and ESPN as a cornerback ... Ranked as the 11th-best cornerback in California by Scout and the 12th best on the West Coast ... Received a grade of 85 by 247sports and a mark of 70 by ESPN ... Was also on the track and field team at PSHS.
Tayler Colby Hawkins was born Dec. 27, 1997, in Palm Springs, Calif. ... Son of Kevin Hawkins and LaWanda Roy ... Picked the Aztecs over Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, San Jose State, UNLV, Washington, Washington State and Wyoming ... Is majoring in business administration with an emphasis in accounting.