2015 Commit #2 – D’Anthony Hopkins

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Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/551516/highlights/112851375

Superlatives: #94 2015 prospect in the state of Texas (Rivals), Three-star ranking (Rivals, 24/7, Scout), 26-3A 1st team all-district RB & DB as sophomore, 26-3A 1st team all-district RB as junior, honorable mention all-state RB as junior, 1st team all-area (Victoria Advocate) as a junior.

2013 Stats: 1803 yards on 273 carries. 25 TDs.

6.73 YPC and 39 TDs through three years at Cuero HS.

My Take:  I don’t think anyone will disagree that this a major pick up for UTSA. Hopkins is a bruising and powerful big-bodied back that can play on every down. While he may not have the top-flight speed to land him in the SEC, Hopkins is the type of running back that can give his offense a consistent four to five yards per carry at the next level. What D’Anthony lacks in shiftiness and explosion he more than makes up for with strength, balance, and vision. When a friend first let me know about D’Anthony I saw him as an Evans Okotcha-type that can carry the ball for sure yards while providing elite blocking from the backfield thanks to his bulky build and lower-body strength. After watching his film about five times I have changed my mind and feel that D’Anthony will stick at a traditional halfback role in college. As UTSA’s run game continues to evolve as a one-cut run scheme, I feel a bigger back like Hopkins with good vision can provide more consistent production than a scorcher type. Adding Hopkins certainly takes away from the sting of missing out on Daniel Gresham in the previous recruiting cycle. I mentioned Hopkins’ bulky body before– if D’Anthony continues to gain mass in college he could develop into a linebacker, a position that he would probably be exceptional at.

According to Cuero head coach Travis Reeve (brother of UTSA tight ends coach Charlie Reeve), Hopkins had serious interest from Big 12 programs including TCU, Oklahoma, and Baylor. Hopkins’ early commitment despite interest from larger programs leads me to believe that he is a very strong commit that will stick with the Roadrunners over the next year.

Edit: Per Mike Forman of the Victoria Advocate, Hopkins had offers from TCU, Houston, Texas State, and Tulsa, with interest from Oklahoma, Baylor, and Texas Tech.

RB Recruiting Moving Forward: While Hopkins is definitely an excellent back, UTSA needed a shifty back to use for homerun plays and in the screen game. They added a commitment from Clear Spring’s Matt Guidry just a few days after Hopkins commitment. Matty will have a full breakdown on Guidry in the coming days. In the meantime I think we can consider recruiting at the RB position closed for 2015. Feels good to say that so early in the cycle.

D’Anthony does have a younger brother at Cuero that played his first season of varsity ball last season. Keep an eye on Zech Hopkins in the 2016 class.

 

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A UTSA alumnus that has been cast away to Austin, Jared enjoys live music and a craft beer. He thinks four verts is the best play in football but loves a QB sneak on fourth and inches. Twitter