Texas leads for North Shore star junior

The Texas Longhorns have had a lot of success recruiting at North Shore High in the Houston area. Former Mustangs Joe Walker, Cory Redding, Chykie Brown have all signed with the Longhorns and senior tight end Barrett Matthews will ink in a couple of months. The next in line that could don the Longhorn uniform is junior offensive tackle Trey Hopkins.

When walking into the North Shore Mustangs field house and hanging a left toward head coach David Aymond's office, the walls are littered with former Mustangs that played and are playing college football. Included on the wall are former Longhorns Joe Walker and Cory Redding as well as current Longhorn cornerback Chykie Brown with senior tight end Barrett Matthews soon to join the wall of honor.

As is the case with North Shore on a yearly basis, head coach David Aymond has plenty of Division 1 prospects suiting up, including talented junior offensive tackle Trey Hopkins.

At 6-3.5, 255 pounds, Hopkins doesn't have the ideal height and weight when looking at an offensive tackle. What makes Hopkins a big time prospect is two very quick feet and a wingspan closing in on seven feet.

While Hopkins has just popped up on the recruiting radar in 2008, he was a standout as a sophomore starter for the Mustangs earning 22-5A second team all-district honors.

Hopkins improved on his sophomore campaign in 2008 recently being named 21-5A first team all-district. The junior, who ranks #6 in his class of 940 students academically, says he was a vastly improved player as a junior.

"I think I had a good season," said Hopkins. "I improved on a lot of stuff. I improved on pass protection and a lot of technique stuff. I need to continue to get better with footwork. I need to get my body bigger, stronger and get better all-around, but I had a good season," Hopkins added.

With the success on the field and the stellar classroom work, comes the recruiting attention. Hopkins recently received his first offer from Texas A&M and others have begun to take notice.

"Texas A&M has offered me. UT was by the school yesterday to take a look at me. Houston was here today. I just came back from the junior day at Texas A&M. It was good. I got a lot of insight into the program and got to meet Coach Sherman," Hopkins said.

Like many in state prospects, staying close to home is a huge part of the recruiting process. Hopkins says staying close to home, the level of a football program, and academics will be three deciding factors.

"UT and Texas A&M is who I will consider. I want to stay close to home. A good football program is very important. Just as important is a good academic school. I want to go into the medical field and be an anesthesiologist," Hopkins said.

While the two in state programs will likely battle it out for Hopkins services, one program begins in the lead.

"I've just always liked the Longhorns. My dad and I always watched the Longhorns," Hopkins said.

Hopkins is a versatile prospect that starts at left tackle for North Shore and works in warm-ups as the second team center. The rising junior has the ability to play anywhere along the line and has the ability to process information to make it possible to swing from tackle to guard to center if need be for the Mustangs.

Here are clips from a single game isolation on Hopkins from earlier this season.

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