Hopkins a Talented Athlete at DL

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Highland Springs (VA) standout Derrick Hopkins is well known for his gridiron talents, but these days the 6-0, 295-pound defensive tackle prospect is showing off his talents on the hard court. Hopkins, a junior, scored 11 points and hauled in eight rebounds to help the Springers varsity basketball squad to a win over region quarterfinal win over Meadowbrook and a Central Region semifinal showdown against John Marshall.

“I am a big body inside to box out people,” Hopkins said of his basketball talents. Highland Springs, which is 24-2 on the season, has already captured a district title this season. “I like playing basketball. It helps me with football and to stay in shape.”

Hopkins won’t play basketball in college, but he will have the opportunity to play at the highest level of college football. The two-time Richmond Times-Dispatch first-team all-metro selection has been offered by Virginia Tech, where his brother Antoine is currently a freshman defensive tackle.

As a junior this past season, Hopkins had 12 tackles-for-loss including five sacks on a defense that allowed just 78 points the entire season.

“Coach Cav came down in December and said he liked the way I look on film. He said they are going to offer me,” Hopkins said.

“Virginia Tech is my only offer right now. Virginia, Boston College, Clemson, UNC, N.C. State, Notre Dame and Oregon [have shown interest].”

Given Tech’s success in recruiting Highland Springs and the fact that Antoine is on scholarship, one would think that the Hokies could be very tough to beat for the younger Hopkins. Derrick, though, isn’t just focused on one school at this point.

“Virginia Tech is a good school with a good football team and good academics, but everybody is on the same level right now,” said Hopkins, who “isn’t sure” when he will make a college commitment.

Hopkins attended a junior day at William & Mary recently, but he has not attended any other junior days at this time. He does want to attend more junior days in the near future, but as of now nothing has been scheduled. He also plans on participating in a Nike Camp somewhere this spring.

Whenever basketball finishes up, Hopkins will then turn the majority of his attention – only the majority because he’ll also be participating in track and field – to preparing for his