2010 Profile: DL Derrick Hopkins

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Much like his older brother, Antoine, Derrick Hopkins enjoyed success on the varsity football level very early on his high school career. The 6-1, 295-pound junior, a defensive tackle and offensive lineman out of Highland Springs (VA), earned second-team all-district honors as a freshman and followed that up by earning first-team all-metro honors at defensive tackle his sophomore year. So far in 2008, the talented prospect is continuing his success.

“It is going great this year,” said Hopkins, who tallied 49 tackles including eight tackles-for-loss last season as a sophomore. “I’ve improved from last year. I worked on my quickness, my hands and my strength.”

Antoine, also a defensive lineman, is currently red-shirting in his freshman year at Virginia Tech. He boasted offers from Tennessee and Virginia before committing to Virginia Tech. Also a target of Division 1A coaches, Derrick is drawing interest from Virginia Tech and a handful of other schools.

“Schools have just been showing interest so far,” Hopkins said. “I have no offers yet, but hopefully they’ll start rolling in soon. Tech has been looking at me. Virginia is showing interest. Oregon has shown interest. LSU has sent me some stuff. Most schools want to see more film of me.”

Derrick does not claim to have a favorite school right now and he wants to be patient in his recruiting process. He has visited several schools including Virginia and Virginia Tech but is in no rush to make a commitment.

“I’m just waiting to see who offers,” Hopkins said. “Then, I want to find the best school that fits me.”

Hopkins projects as a defensive tackle on the next level. A versatile player, he could play on a 3-man front or a 4-man front.

“My strengths are my size and my quick feet,” Hopkins said. “Also, I have the ability to clog up a hole.”

More with Hopkins…

What is one thing you learned from your brother that has helped you the most on the gridiron?

“The best thing I learned from him was how to use my hands,” Hopkins said. “That was a very big deal and that helped me a lot.”

Coach Loren Johnson has taken over for Scott Burton, who is now an assistant at the University of Richmond. How does Coach Johnson compare with Coach Burton?

“They are