North Carolina QB talks Army

Kelvin Hopkins put in an eye-catching performance as a junior at Independence High School in Charlotte, N.C. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound quarterback received the dividends for his hard work with his first D1 offer from the Army Black Knights. Jay Bateman, who has Carolina roots after a successful coaching run at Elon, extended the offer to Hopkins of behalf of Jeff Monken.

"I knew that Army had been speaking with my head coach," Hopkins told ArmySports.com, "but I wasn't sure how serious they were until I got off the phone with Coach Bateman yesterday. They like that I'm a playmaker, smart with the football, my arm, and my ability to get in the open field and make a big run. From talking to my coach, they were also impressed with my leadership and my GPA and test scores.

"It's a great opportunity that I'm being presented with. The whole lifestyle, the military aspect, being able to play D1 football and serve my country, it's just something I dreamed about and hoped for. Coach Monken seems like a genuine guy who is in it for his players and that sits well with me."

In his first full season as a starter at Independence in 2013, Hopkins passed for 2,834 yards at a 60 percent accuracy rate with 29 touchdowns. He also added 564 yards and nine touchdowns rushing. Hopkins was named first team All-Conference, All-County, and second team All-State.

Recently, Hopkins attended an Elite 11 camp in Los Angeles where he received tutelage from quarterback guru, George Whitfield Jr., and NFL analyst, Trent Dilfer. He says he has already seen a marked improvement in his game.

"We're two weeks into spring practice," he said. "We lost a lot of seniors so I'm trying to step into that leadership role in the weight room and in workouts. They told me at the Elite 11 camp that they really liked my footwork. I'm watching film, breaking down defenses and seeing myself and the things I need to improve on to keep getting better."

Others schools showing Hopkins interest include Air Force, Appalachian State, Charlotte, Elon, Harvard, and Towson.

"This summer I'm planning a mid-summer trip to West Point," Hopkins stated. "I'm probably going to one-day camps at Charlotte, Elon, Duke, and Towson.

"I'd like to have my college decision made before summer is over so I can have it over with and can concentrate on my senior season, but right now I'm just playing it by ear. Academics is really what's most important to me. I want to find a school with a good program in Kinesiology. I'd like to play for a coach who makes me feel at home, whose coaching style I like and I'm comfortable with. Last, but not least, I'd like to play in front of a amazing fans in a high energy game day type atmosphere."

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