Highland Springs (VA) defensive tackle Derrick “Skip” Hopkins has decided to end his recruitment, verbally committing to Virginia Tech. The 6-0, 285-pound rising senior, one of the top defensive line recruits in the state of Virginia’s 2010 class, will follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Antoine, by signing with the Hokies.
“I called Coach Cav last night and left a message. I talked to him today around nine or 10 and told him I wanted to commit,” Hopkins said. “He was happy and excited to have my commitment.”
Virginia Tech was the only Division 1A program to offer Hopkins, but Colorado, Georgia and Virginia were among the other programs that expressed interest. Hopkins initially wanted to wait to make a decision, but a positive experience at Tech’s Spring Game last month moved him to an earlier decision.
“It was just the feel I had for Virginia Tech after the Spring Game. And then I talked to Coach Cav a couple of days ago. Talking to him reassured me that I was ready to go,” Hopkins said.
“It felt good [to commit] because it is a relief. Now, my focus is staying in shape, getting stronger in the weight room and working on skills.”
Hopkins earned first-team all-metro honors as a sophomore, racking up 49 tackles including 8 tackles for loss. He repeated the all-metro honor his junior season, when he racked up 12 tackles-for-loss including five sacks under new head coach Loren Johnson. He had two interceptions as well in 2008.
Hopkins commented after the Spring Game about how impressive his brother, who is a rising red-shirt freshman defensive tackle for the Hokies, looked in Bud Foster’s defense. Derrick feels he’ll fit in well, too.
“[Seeing his brother do well in Tech’s defense] helped a lot,” Hopkins said. “The Tech coaches like for their defensive tackles to have quick hands and quick feet. That fits me well.”
Hopkins expects to enroll at Tech next summer. In the fall of 2010, he plans to be a freshman defensive tackle alongside his brother, who will then be a sophomore. It should be a special time for the Hopkins family.
“He is very, very close to his brother,” Springers Athletic Director...
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