Antoine Hopkins did make Virginia Tech’s July 14th camp and, just as he did at UVa’s camp last month, he performed well. The 6-2, 265-pound Highland Springs (VA) defensive lineman, who is now up to three Division 1A scholarship offers, discussed his most recent camp experience as well as where his recruiting process will go from here.
Hopkins visited Virginia Tech for a spring practice back in April, but this experience offered something new.
“This visit was much more interesting because I got a feel for the defensive line coach,” Hopkins said. “I got a feel for how he coaches the players.”
Hopkins worked mostly with Coach Charley Wiles and Coach Bud Foster on Saturday and enjoyed the experience.
“It was a chance to get a good feel for how Coach Wiles and Coach Foster would be as my coaches,” Hopkins said. “They are good coaches. And if you would meet them on the street, you would think they are regular guys. They are very cool people.”
Following the camp, Hopkins, who made the trip with his father and younger brother, met with Tech head coach Frank Beamer.
“Coach Beamer was telling me he really wanted me to come to the school,” Hopkins said. “He seems like a very nice guy. He talked about how I fit in with their defense and he talked about the education and family values they have there. He thinks the recruiting class will be very good. They have a lot of good players coming in this year, so next year’s team could be really good.”
Asked to compare his camp experiences at Virginia and Virginia Tech, Hopkins answered, “Both camps were incredible. I can’t really put any school above another. Both camps were amazing.”
Syracuse recently joined the offer mix along with Virginia and Virginia Tech. Currently, Hopkins does not name any clear favorite among the three.
“I don’t have any favorites,” Hopkins said. “Everybody is still up there. I don’t have a set date or time when I want to make a decision.”
What stands out the most about each of the three favorites?
“With Tech, it is the coaches,” Hopkins answered. “I just like how nice and genuine they are.
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