It is an in-state battle right now for Highland Springs (VA) star defensive lineman Antoine Hopkins , and both Virginia and Virginia Tech will have more chances to impress this summer. Hopkins has scheduled visits to each school and is looking forward to both experiences.
“I’m going to Virginia’s big man camp on the 23rd [of June],” Hopkins noted. His teammates will be in Charlottesville for the 7-on-7 camp that day as well. “I’m not going this weekend [to the Elite Junior Day]. I’m going to Virginia Tech on July 14th. I had the option of going last weekend or next month and something came up last weekend.
“I’m just looking forward to good coaching and learning some new techniques. I want to get a nice feel for the coaches as far as their coaching strategies. And, I just want to see more of the schools.”
Hopkins also may attend camp at U-Conn and UNC, respectively. The Huskies and the Tar Heels are expressing very serious interest but have not offered just yet. At this point, the in-state programs have the edge in this race but Hopkins does not plan commit for a while.
“Virginia and Virginia Tech are my two top schools because they are my only offers,” Hopkins said. “They are both pretty even. I do plan to take a few official visits before I make my decision.”
The 6-2, 265-pound prospect has developed good relationships with coaches from Virginia and Virginia Tech.
“I like the coaches. They are genuine people and very nice,” Hopkins said of the UVa and Virginia Tech coaches. “They make you feel like part of their team. They also communicate well with the players.”
Hopkins, who plays defensive end for head coach Scott Burton, has put in an excellent off-season. He is working hard and setting an example for his teammates.
“I’m real confident about next season,” Hopkins said. “I’m trying to be a leader by playing hard, going hard in the weight room and in drills. I just want to be a leader on the field, make good plays and limit my mistakes.”
Teammates landing offers…
Several other Highland Springs rising seniors have scholarship offers. According to Hopkins, 6-3, 230-pound TE/DE Rod Wheeler has been offered by Syracuse while 6-6, 190-pound WR/DB Deon Miller has been offered by Temple.