Texas Wants Hopkins as Center

The 2010 Texas recruiting class of 19 players got kicked off in early February when Galena Park North Shore offensive lineman Trey Hopkins verbally committed to head Coach Mack Brown. Since then, Hopkins has bulked up quite a bit and is ready for a big run as a senior for the Mustangs. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Hopkins about his expectations for the season and his projected college position.

Galena Park North Shore has always been a strong pipeline program for many of the region's top programs including the Texas Longhorns, including Corey Redding, Joe Walker, and more recently incoming freshman tight end Barrett Matthews. Trey Hopkins of the 2010 class will add to that Longhorn legacy from North Shore as he was the first commitment of this recruiting class.

Hopkins, who played at defensive end and right tackle as a sophomore and at left tackle as a junior for the Mustangs, has been busy in the weight room filling out his long frame. Hopkins began his junior year at 6-3 and 255-260 pounds, but has since packed on some pounds and grew another inch.

"I've been doing strength camp as usual. I've been working hard in the weight room and conditioning-wise. I'm 6-4 now and around 285," Hopkins told Burnt Orange Beat.

Hopkins also backed up at center as a junior and worked out some more at center this spring, but it appears that he will focus at left tackle during his senior year.

"I am playing left tackle this year. In the spring, I also worked out at Center some, but ever since then they told me I would be playing tackle."

That work at center is going to come in handy as the versatile prospect has been told that the Longhorns expect that he will be a Center on the Forty Acres.

"Texas wants me to play center," Hopkins said.

Hopkins joins Cedar Park's Dominic Espinosa as a Center prospect in this class. Espinosa could also play guard in college while Hopkins could conceivably play center, guard, or right tackle.

Although Hopkins has returned to Austin since the June 7 mini-camp, he does stay in touch with fellow Mustang Barrett Matthews, who has been working out with the team all summer in preparation for his freshman season.

"We talked about how the rooms were and everything. We also talked about the workouts and his schedule for workouts. He says he likes it and he is having fun up there," Hopkins said of Matthews. Hopkins also has a prediction for Matthews' contributions this fall.

"I think he is going to play (this season)," Hopkins opined. As far as Hopkins' season, he is expecting a deep playoff run.

"We are trying to go all the way to state. This is the year," Hopkins said confidently. North Shore last won a state championship in football in 2003.

Hopkins was second team all-district as a sophomore and first team as a junior.

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