Despite not being able to end the season the way he started it, Hopkins put together a terrific season for the head coach David Aymond. The 6-3.5, 255-pound tackle that can play all five positions on the line has seen his recruitment pick up dramatically since the first few weeks of the season and recently received his first known offer from Texas A&M.
Hopkins is blessed with very long arms. While he stands close to 6-3.5, his wingspan allows him to play the tackle position. Hopkins can play anywhere along the offensive line. He starts at left tackle and serves as the back-up center. The junior is an athlete playing on the offensive line after playing defensive end until midway through his freshman season.
Hopkins is quick out of stance in pass protection with a fluid kick set. He does a good job with his initial punch and has the lateral ability to slide and react to inside or outside moves by a defender while staying balanced. Hopkins is blessed with very good knee bend and the ability to run and block in space with solid base in the open field. In the run game, he comes off the ball with low pad level followed by the foot quickness to lock on and turn defenders in whichever direction he desires. His feet are always moving in the run game. He also has the ability to quickly get out of his stance and pull.
The 255-pound junior is always aware pre-snap and is an intelligent player.
Areas to Improve
It's all about improving physically for Hopkins. Currently at 255-pounds, he is very similar in body type to former North Shore guard Andre Gurode who weighed 268 pounds as a senior.
Hopkins has to continue to get stronger in his lower body to be able to use his terrific knee bend and foot quickness to roll the hips and finish in the run game more consistently. He continues to improve his upper body strength.
His versatility, play diagnosis, foot quickness laterally and in pass pro set up, arm length, knee bend and ability to pull and trap make Hopkins a prospect that will likely be recruited from coast to coast. Throw in the fact that he is in the top five percent of the junior class at North Shore and Hopkins will be a coveted line prospect in the 2010 class.