Hopkins Makes Junior Day Visit

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Three weeks ago, Highland Springs (VA) standout defensive end Antoine Hopkins landed his second written scholarship offer. Now, the 6-2, 265-pound Hopkins boasts written offers from Virginia Tech and Virginia. He visited UVa this past weekend and will head to Virginia Tech in the near future.

Hopkins attended UVa’s junior day on Saturday.

“I liked it a lot,” Hopkins said of what was his first experience at UVa. “All of the coaches seemed real excited to see me. The practice was real fast paced. They were doing a lot of position specific drills. I just liked it. I also liked the campus. It is very nice. It’s not too big and not too small.”

Hopkins plans to visit Virginia Tech either during his spring break, which is the second week of April, or in late April. He visited Blacksburg last fall for a home football game and enjoyed the experience.

“The Virginia Tech game was amazing, just with all the fans they had cheering for them,” Hopkins said. “It is just a family atmosphere. Everybody comes to watch the game and they get into it.”

Virginia Tech, led by primary recruiter Jim Cavanaugh, was the first school to officially offer a scholarship. Then, Virginia followed suit. Clemson coaches are sending text messages and UNC coaches are sending letters as well.

“When Coach Burton told me about the Virginia Tech offer, I was very excited,” Hopkins said. “To get my first offer and to get it from a school as good as Virginia Tech was great. I was excited that they saw something in me.

“It was the same with the Virginia offer. I was very excited. Just like Virginia Tech, I was excited that they saw something in me.”

Hopkins does not plan on making a commitment any time soon. He may even make some official visits before he commits anywhere. He says “every school is on the same level” at this point in his decision making process.

A defensive end for Highland Springs, Hopkins likely projects as a defensive lineman – perhaps a defensive tackle – in college. He isn’t sure exactly which position Tech is recruiting him to play and says UVa likes him possibly as an outside linebacker or a defensive tackle.

“Coaches are saying they like my off-the-ball speed and my ability to locate the ball carrier,” Hopkins said. “They also like my hand placement and my agility. This