Hopkins Takes in A&M Junior Day

Coach Sherman held the first of his Junior Days over the weekend, and one attendee was 2010 coveted offensive lineman Trey Hopkins. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop catches up with the prospect about how his visit went as well as his plans on his recruitment.

Over the past decade, when you think of dominance in Texas high school football, the North Shore Mustangs is a team that comes to mind. Coach Aymond and his staff have built a juggernaut on the east side of Houston. Not only is the team dominant on the schoolboy circuit, but the program is a pipeline to the collegiate level. The Class of 2010 will be no different, and headlining that group will likely be offensive lineman Trey Hopkins. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound tackle discussed his attributes on the field.

"I'm known for my foot speed and my pass protection," Hopkins said. "I had more confidence going up against the good pass rushers because my footwork and technique with my hands was a lot better than last year. For next year, I want to get stronger."

The North Shore junior offensive lineman was recently offered by Texas A&M, and he attended the Aggies' junior day on Saturday along with Class of 2011 fellow teammate Sederick Flowers.

"It was very informative. We toured the athletic facilities and watched the big video about the university at the visitor's center," Hopkins said. "They had an academic tutorial and then we sat in on a player's panel discussing the transition from high school to college. I liked it."

While the junior day event focuses on academics and preparing the future student-athletes for life after high school, there was plenty of time to discuss football and interacting with the coaches one-on-one about the direction of the Texas A&M program and studying film with each position coach.

"I met with Coach Malone and Coach Sherman and they said they really wanted me. They were great," Hopkins said. "I also spent some time with OL coach Jim Turner. He discussed his philosophy on blocking and other things. He's a cool guy…real funny."

So what was the message that the young offensive lineman took away from his time at the Texas A&M junior day?

"The coaches are confident in what they do," Hopkins said. "They have no doubts that what they are doing now will pay off in the future. They are in control of the situation and they are very confident the program will be better next year and the year after that."

Earlier in the week, Hopkins received his first scholarship offer from the Aggies and he continues to receive letters from schools across the nation including Stanford and Oregon among others.

"Coach Aymond told me the Tuesday before Thanksgiving that A&M called him and said an offer was on the way," Hopkins said. "The written offer came in last week."

Hopkins expects to attend other junior day events after the new year, but he does not have any specifics worked out just yet. He hopes to have enough information to make a decision by next summer. While he's not sure how the recruiting process will unfold in the next few months, he is sure that one team will be in the mix throughout the process.

"I'm gonna wait and go through the process," Hopkins said. "But it's safe to say that Texas A&M will be a serious contender."

The talented lineman grew up following the University of Texas, but says that the Longhorns haven't been in contact yet and he's not sure where they fall on his list at the moment. However, he did say he wanted to look at as many schools as possible in the spring before narrowing down his list by the summer.

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