With three seniors among the eight defensive tackles on their 2011 post-spring depth chart, and with double-digit offers out to various 2012 defensive tackle prospects, the Missouri Tigers are obviously targeting multiple players at this premium position.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with one such target, in 2012 DT prospect Donald Hopkins 6'2" 270 4.9 Lago Vista (TX), who updated us regarding his recruitment.
Hopkins said that he's narrowed his list down to include Alabama, Missouri, Baylor, Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah. He's visited most of these schools except for Utah, and plans to take official visits to most of these schools.
Hopkins told ShowMeMizzou.com that he plans to make a decision "sometime during July".
"There's no point in waiting any more," said Hopkins. "I've already visited most of the schools that I needed to visit."
Hopkins listed academic support, graduation rate, and location as important factors in his decision-making.
Hopkins indicated that he has three favorites.
"I have a top three," said Hopkins. "Missouri, Alabama, and Baylor (are my top three)."
Hopkins said that he's divided between staying in state and going out of state. He said that Baylor's "right down the street."
"Alabama is a great, great school," explained Hopkins, who said that Alabama and Missouri are about equidistant from his home. "But, I personally liked Missouri better than Alabama."
Then, Hopkins talked about the emphasis on academics at schools like Utah and Missouri. He cited Missouri's 96% graduation rate.
"But, until I make a visit to Utah," continued Hopkins, in expressing some hesitancy about making a decision. "Because I really like the Utah coach."
Hopkins has received numerous scholarship offers since he received his Missouri offer just a few weeks ago. But, he seems to want to secure a spot at one of his favorites schools, knowing that those schools may fill up at his position. He hasn't yet decided on a school, and would like to check out Utah, but as he said, "The clock's ticking." He doesn't want to be left out.
It looks like ShowMeMizzou.com may have more on Donald Hopkins' recruitment a little later this month.