Countdown to kickoff: 10 days away with wide receiver Brenen Hawkins, defensive back Darell Jones

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Leading up to the start of K-State's 2021 football season, the Collegian takes a look at what to expect and highlights every player on the roster. (Archive photo by Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

Brenen Hawkins is a true freshman wide receiver from Colleyville, Texas.

He played his senior season at Heritage High School, helping the Panthers go 8-2 and earn a trip to the regional round of the playoffs. He played at Godley High School as a junior and tallied 50 catches for 963 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Hawkins was honorable mention all-state as a junior by the Texas Sports Writers Association and Texas Associated Press Sports Editors and was also First-Team All-District.

Out of high school, Hawkins was rated as a three-star athlete and was ranked the 163rd best receiver in Texas by 247Sports.

Hawkins chose the Wildcats over scholarship offers from Air Force, Illinois State, Kansas, Liberty, Sam Houston State, Texas Tech and Toledo.

He made his commitment to Kansas State official through his Twitter on June 2, 2020.

With Hawkins joining the team recently and other upperclassmen receivers above him on the depth chart, it might be a few years before he sees significant time on the field.

Darell Jones is a true freshman cornerback from Coffeyville, Kansas. He played at Field Kindley High School under head coach Deonta Wade.

Jones was rated a three-star athlete and was ranked the fourth-best prospect in Kansas for the class of 2021 by ESPN and fifth by 247Sports. He was also ranked the 70th-best athlete in the nation by 247Sports.

He earned first-team all-state honors from Sports in Kansas as a senior and an honorable mention pick by the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle. The Capital-Journal also named him to the honorable mention team as a junior.

Jones played in eight games as a senior, recording 51 tackles, five tackles for a loss, one sack and two interceptions. He also had 14 catches for 269 yards and three touchdowns as a wide receiver. Jones was named to the 2021 Kansas Shrine Bowl roster.

Jones made his commitment to K-State official through his Twitter on Dec. 16, 2020.

Jones picked the Wildcats over a scholarship offer from Eastern Michigan, with North Dakota and UNLV pursuing him as well.

With transfer players coming in and good depth at the defensive back position already, it might take time before Jones sees significant time on the field.

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