In 2008, now ten pounds heavier and just as quick with a wingspan closing in on seven feet, Hopkins has begun to pick up offers. Throw in the fact that he is sixth out of his junior class of about 940 students at North Shore and it comes without surprise that Hopkins will be a nationally recruited prospect in the 2010 class.
"I've been offered by Texas A&M, Stanford and the University of Houston," Hopkins said. "Oregon is interested and UT has talked to my dad one time. I have a junior day coming up at Texas A&M on the 15th I believe. Texas has talked about a junior day, but I don't know any date," Hopkins said.
His latest offer, from Stanford, caught the attention of Hopkins. Being very serious about academics and wanting to major in pre-med, the offer from head coach Jim Harbaugh has his full attention.
"What makes Stanford stand out to me is they have a great medical school and I want to be an anesthesiologist. I'm looking for a good pre-med school. Overall, I'm looking for a school that is known to have great academics," Hopkins.
As freshman, Hopkins played defensive end at North Shore before making the switch to offensive tackle as a sophomore. One program initially talked about playing defensive end, but now it appears that the long armed lineman will be recruited on the offensive side of the ball by programs.
"At first, Texas A&M were talking to me about defensive end, but Coach Sherman talked to me and he wants me to stay on the offensive line at tackle. He's the only coach I've talked to so far about specific positions," Hopkins said.
Currently, Hopkins is putting in his time in the offseason with a clear focus on getting stronger and quicker. A student of the game, the junior knows where he wants his body to go and the areas he needs to improve headed into spring practice and his senior season.
"I want to get up to around 275 pounds by next year. I'm at 255 right now. I want to get my feet quicker. Work on staying in front of man better and second level blocking. Working up to high backers and safeties is something I need to improve on." Hopkins said.