Top DE Gets a Visit From KU

Will Hopkins

3- Star Defensive End Will Hopkins is one of the top defensive linemen in the state of Texas still uncommitted.

Will Hopkins from Bowie High School in Austin, Texas has offers from Colorado State, Air Force, SMU, Texas State and Wyoming, but the senior is still waiting to hear back from a few other schools before making any decisions.

Kansas is one of the schools that Hopkins is hearing from. The Jayhawks' Quality-Control/Special Teams coach Kyle Brey came down to Austin last Thursday to visit with the talented prospect.

"They are hiring coaches and figuring out the defensive coaches before they talk about offers," Hopkins said. "I'm very interested in Kansas. My dad is from Lawrence, Kansas so they have always been on my map. Kansas is a little bit like home to me since my dad's friends are over there. I've been going to the KU basketball camps since I was little."

Not only did Hopkins' father graduate from Kansas, but also his grandmother. Hopkins' grandfather was also a professor at the school. You could say being apart of the Jayhawks runs in the family.

But there still are a few more schools reaching out to Hopkins. Texas A&M is interested in him as a long snapper and offered him a spot as a preferred walk-on.

"Texas A&M said they are full on scholarships," Hopkins said. "I did the Houston football camp over the summer and got to know the new Texas A&M coach (Kevin) Sumlin. It is something to consider because I would be instate, but I also have the offers from Air Force, Wyoming, and Colorado State, so those are also enticing."

Hopkins is currently talking with Stanford's Linebackers Coach Lance Anderson at Stanford and they are still discussing a possible official visit before National Signing Day. Matt Rahl (Defensive Line) from Wyoming will be coming down to visit Hopkins again on Monday 26th. As far as what Hopkins is looking for in a school he said nothings changed.

"Academics is huge," Hopkins said. "Also, getting that good feel. All the places I've been to so far I've gotten that. The biggest thing I'm going to look for in each program individually is the position coach and head coach. My decision will be based on a mix of academics and coaches just things like that. But with Stanford and Air Force it is hard to get any better than that academically."

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