An Interview With Stephen Hopkins Comment Count

Brian March 30th, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Computer issues remain: this is Tom's doing, as per usual.

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Texas running back Stephen Hopkins attends a high school with unfortunate uniforms. He's also one of a few bigger backs with a Michigan offer; he's also been offered by Texas A&M, Nebraska and Oregon. You can see him turn linebackers into goo at ESPN. Tom interviewed him over the weekend, and it sounds like Michigan is a strong contender.

TOM: So what schools are showing interest in you so far?

STEPHEN: Stanford, Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and Texas A&M are a few off the top of my head.

TOM: Being from Texas, what schools are you most interested in? Is it important to stay close to home?

STEPHEN: I’m interested in all of them right now but I know the most about Michigan and Texas A&M. Distance won’t be a factor for me, I know that. I just want to go where I’m wanted.

TOM: You’re a bigger back already, and only a junior. Do you think that gives you an advantage going into college?

STEPHEN: Yea, it kind of gives me a disadvantage though too. Sometimes there’s a stereotype that I can’t run fast, but I’m going to improve on that. I recently ran a 4.6 40, so I want to try to get that down to a 4.5. I like that I’m bigger, and don’t want to lose that, but I want to get faster too.

TOM: Are you more of a physical back with your size, or do you try to stay balanced?

STEPHEN: I’m going to try to be more balanced next year. I think I can do other things besides hit. I really want to show what I can do this year, and hopefully let the schools know I’m not just a big back.

TOM: You’ve been to Texas A&M, SMU, and Nebraska so far. What stood out to you with those schools?

STEPHEN: I liked A&M the most, because I got the most attention. I don’t want that to sound bad, but I want to be a big part of the program, and make a difference. I don’t want to just be a role player.

TOM: What other visits do you plan on taking over the summer?

STEPHEN: I’m going to KU; my family is from there so that will be easy. I’m going to Michigan April 10th too. Besides that, I’m not really sure; it depends on how my visits before that go. My biggest thing with Michigan is how they’ll use me in the offense. I know they haven’t really had any bigger backs like me before, so that’s one thing I’m going to ask the coaches. Obviously it’s Michigan, so they have great facilities, and the environment is great, I want to see about some other parts too.

TOM: I know it’s early, but what kind of negative recruiting have you seen so far?

STEPHEN: I haven’t really heard any yet. No one has put anyone down; it’s been more focused on their school. I’m still deciding on whether or not I’m going to graduate early, so when I decide that I think I’ll hear more.

TOM: What’s going to make your final decision? What do you want from a school?

STEPHEN: I want to see how I’m used in the offense mainly. Most of the schools I’m looking at have good business schools, which is important. My main thing is how valuable I am to them. I want to be a big part, and I know I can make a difference.

TOM: Where does Michigan rank right now? Do you have a top 5?

STEPHEN: If there was a top, I’d say Michigan’s tied with Texas A&M. I don’t want to say too much, but I haven’t even seen them yet, and they’re definitely up there. I’m excited to see everything up there.

Comments

marco dane

March 30th, 2009 at 1:39 PM ^

and he hasn't even step one foot into A2. Question is...howmuch love will Michigan show in order to land this young phenom?

Thank you Tom & Brian. Nice read...

TomVH

March 30th, 2009 at 2:17 PM ^

OU didn't really come up in the conversation. It seemed like he knew who he was interested in, and wanted to go from there, rather than a "wait and see what offers come in," attitude. The teams that he talked about the most were Texas A&M and Michigan, so I think he knows what he wants.

Texas has a commitment this year from Traylon Shead, who is 6'2 210 lbs (he's pretty fast too). I don't know if they need another one of the same.

Magnus

March 30th, 2009 at 2:23 PM ^

Thanks for asking my question about negative recruiting, Tom.

I like Hopkins, but I get the feeling that he'll be going elsewhere come February.

TomVH

March 30th, 2009 at 2:33 PM ^

He really emphasized the fact that he wants to know he would be a part of the offense in the right way. If they can show him that, then I think he'd be comfortable. He seemed a lot more informed than most kids do. A lot of times they pick schools for weird reasons, and to get attention. He really had it narrowed down, and for the right reasons.

It's up in the air whether or not he gets the feeling that he'd be used the way he wants.