Defensive tackle plans to visit

Lago Vista (Tex.) High School defensive tackle Donald Hopkins has seen his recruitment take off and Arizona has been one of the consistent factors. Where do the wildcats stand? What's the main competition? Read on for more.

On April 21st of this year, Lago Vista (Tex.) High School defensive tackle Donald Hopkins held only three offers; which came from SMU, Wyoming, and Wake Forest. Fast forward to today and the 6-foot-1.5, 270-pound three-star prospect has 17 offers, most of those coming from some of the top programs around the country.

It's been a ten-week whirlwind for Hopkins, but he believes that the recruiting process is beginning to wind down.

"Recruiting is going really well, all of the offers have come in and I think it's dying down a bit," Hopkins said. "Now I'm just focused on visits. I'm up to 17 offers, with my newest offers coming from Missouri and Utah. Those are also the schools recruiting me the hardest, as well as Baylor."

It's no surprise that as his recruitment begins to wind down, Hopkins has identified some schools that stand out above the rest.

"I like Baylor, Missouri, Utah, Alabama, and both Arizona schools," Hopkins. "There are others, but those are the ones I can think of right now."

Arizona's offer back in May put Hopkins into double digit offers, and the Wildcats find themselves right in the thick of things for his services.

"Arizona is in the top ten for sure," Hopkins said. "I haven't been out to the campus yet, but the coaches there are nice and we talk a lot. I'm going out there in July."

Like most kids being recruited by defensive backs coach Ryan Walters, Hopkins enjoys his youthful spirit and enthusiasm.

"Coach Walters has been recruiting me and he's really cool," Hopkins said. "He just seems like a kid my age. We have just been chit chatting and talking and getting to know each other. He seems like a cool coach."

As he alluded to previously, Hopkins has been out taking visits and continues to do so. After visiting to Missouri and Alabama earlier in the spring, he has a clear plan of where he's headed next.

"I was supposed to go to Utah this past week, but it didn't work out," Hopkins said. "I'll be out in Arizona in July at both Arizona and Arizona State. Also maybe Kansas, and I might try to make it out to Wake Forest."

While on his visits, Hopkins is looking at a few key criteria to help him make his decision easier.

"I'll be looking at campus location, the coaching staff and the people around the school," Hopkins said. "Distance is not a factor; I'm willing to leave Texas for school."

So, with several trips completed and more on the way, it's no surprise Hopkins finds himself near a decision.

"I'm hoping to make my final decision in July sometime," Hopkins said. "My decision is coming up."

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