Derrick “Skip” Hopkins’ visit to Blacksburg on Saturday served two purposes. For one, the 6-0, 285-pound Highland Springs (VA) defensive tackle was able to get another close look at Virginia Tech, which is currently the only program that has officially offered a scholarship. Another benefit was to see his brother Antoine, a rising red-shirt freshman, play defensive tackle in Bud Foster’s defense.
“He did great,” Hopkins said of his brother’s performance in Virginia Tech’s Spring Game. “I thought he had one of his best games. He did an excellent job. He was using his hands well and moving well.”
Hopkins, a first-team Richmond Times-Dispatch all-metro selection as a sophomore and again last season as a junior, enjoyed the overall experience in Blacksburg.
“It was a great atmosphere and the fans really showed up for it,” said Hopkins, who racked up 12 tackles for loss including five sacks in 2008. “I talked to Coach Cav and Coach Wiles. They said I looked good. They told me to keep my grades up and stay in shape.”
Virginia Tech has impressed Hopkins, who said, “It is a great school. They have everything I’m looking for.”
Virginia Tech has impressed and may be the only offer, but for now the talented junior is not in any hurry to make a decision. He claims no favorites and wants to see what other programs come through with offers. He should get a better idea of the latter soon as the Evaluation period rolls on through the month of May.
“Virginia Tech is my only offer, but Georgia said they might offer,” Hopkins said. “BC, UVa and UNC are interested. I heard Colorado is interested a bit, too.”
Hopkins may head to Charlottesville on Sunday for a Nike Camp, but otherwise no other camps, combines or visits have been scheduled. He has been participating in track and field and focusing on school work this spring, but he is also preparing physically for his senior season.