Highland Springs Star Visits VT, UVa

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Highland Springs (VA) junior defensive lineman Antoine Hopkins enjoyed a busy week last week, making visits to the two schools that have extended scholarship offers. Last Friday, he visited Virginia Tech for a spring practice. On Saturday, he was in Charlottesville for UVa’s spring game. Both trips went well for the 6-2, 265-pound recruit.

Hopkins had visited Virginia Tech before for a game last fall, but this was his first opportunity to really see the campus. It was also his first time seeing a Virginia Tech spring practice.

“When I first got there, I was already expecting good things,” Hopkins said. “I was amazed by how their coaches make you feel like you are a part of the team already. They seemed like genuine people. What you see is what you get…that’s what I was getting from the players. One player was telling me about Coach Beamer and how you wouldn’t even think he cared about football. He said Coach Beamer just talks about your future and doing good on and off the field. Coach Beamer was real, real nice. I also talked to Coach Cav, Coach Wiles and Coach Foster. Everything was great. Everything’s nice there. They have a new academic facility. Practice was good. It was an uptempo practice.”

Hopkins made a visit earlier this spring to UVa for a spring practice/junior day. He returned for the spring game on Saturday.

“When I went there, I was kind of thinking that since it was raining it would not be a good game. But, the game was real good,” said Hopkins, who enjoyed his first spring visit to Virginia. “It was exciting. It was fun watching them run around and playing hard. After the game, I talked to Mike Groh and Coach London. They were very excited to see me. They made me feel at home. I feel comfortable at both [Virginia and Virginia Tech].”

Hopkins discussed the position each school is recruiting him to play and how he feels about each spot.

“Virginia Tech’s coaches told me they project me to play defensive end, which is what I play now,” Hopkins said. “I’m really loving that. I really like their defense because the defensive ends make most of the tackles. The defensive ends almost run their defense.”

“Virginia projects me to play defensive end/linebacker. I would be down in a 3-point stance sometimes. I like that, too.