Highland Springs Standout Returns to Blacksburg

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Almost five months after making a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech, Highland Springs (VA) defensive lineman Antoine Hopkins finally made his official visit to Blacksburg. He enjoyed everything about the experience, but admits that there was one major highlight.

“Eating,” replied Hopkins with a laugh. “The first night I got there I had steak and lobster. The next night, I had some baked potatoes and chicken and prime rib. In the mornings, they had eggs, bacon, sausage…everything.”

On a more serious note, Hopkins, who earned first-team all-metro honors by the Richmond Times-Dispatch for his play along the defensive line this past season, discussed which position he would play at Virginia Tech. Previously, the 6-2, 280-pound prospect expected to play defensive end in his first year at Tech. Now, he may be thinking otherwise.

“As of right now, they said I could have a good chance of playing early if I was to go play d-tackle. If I play d-end, then I may not be able to play early,” said Hopkins, a versatile prospect who saw action at end and tackle in his time at Highland Springs. He racked up 61 tackles including 19 tackles-for-loss in his senior season.

Of course, there was more to the official visit than just dining out and learning about his future position. Hopkins provided an overall view of what happened from arrival until departure.

“When I first got there, I got settled into the hotel,” Hopkins recalled. “I had a room to myself. Then, me and my parents went and had dinner with my host and the coaches. My host was Cris Hill. Davon Morgan had Leon Mackey, so we were all paired together. After that, I went out with my host. The next day, there was a whole lot of academic stuff. Then we went out