Springers Star Focused on Season

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Highland Springs (VA) 3-star defensive end Antoine Hopkins remains in no rush to make a decision and appears set to take his recruitment into the fall and possibly beyond. The talented recruit is considering the four Division 1A programs that have offered and does not name a favorite.

“I’m just considering the schools that have offered me,” said Hopkins, who claims offers from Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech have extended written offers. Tennessee assistant coach Larry Slade informed Hopkins late last month that an offer had been extended, though Hopkins has yet to see it in writing.

“I really didn’t find out Tennessee had offered until one of the coaches sent me a text message to see how I was doing,” Hopkins said. “It was the last day they could text me. He told me they had offered and I should have gotten the letter by now. I still don’t have the letter. I haven’t gotten anything or heard anything, but he said they offered me so I’m going by his word. I will look into them.”

Of the four favorites, Tennessee is the only school Antoine has yet to visit. He discussed what he likes about the other three programs, all of which he has visited at least once.

“With Virginia, I just like the academic program. And it is a smaller school, so I’d have more time with the teachers.

“With Virginia Tech, I like the coaches as well as their academic program. The second time I went there I had a great feel about the place.

Syracuse has a lot of kids in the NFL. They are rebuilding and trying to get back to the top. The school campus is a nice environment. Like with UVa, there are not a lot of people there so I’d have more individual attention from teachers.”

Focusing mainly on preparing for his senior season, Hopkins is not sure when he will make a decision. He is not sure when he will take his official visits, which figure to be key in his final decision.

“Official visits will be a big impact,” Hopkins said. “It’ll be the last look I have at those schools before I decide.”

Hopkins has turned in a productive off-season. The 6-2 defensive lineman says he is closer to 280 pounds right now and feels great. Hopkins, along with fellow senior standouts Matt Hurdle (QB), Harry Lee