It’s safe to say Arkansas Football’s 2019 recruiting class began on the right foot. Trevis Hopper, a 6-2, 260 pound defensive tackle from Memphis, Tenn., committed to the Hogs at the end of February.
I want to take time out my day too say thanks to the people in life that make me who I am and the coaching staff of University of Arkansas I will like to say I am now a committed football player to university of Arkansas Go Razorbacks 🏈😝🏈👌🙏🏿#Blessing pic.twitter.com/Jixd3lUfnr
— TrevisHopper (@HopperTrevis) February 25, 2018
Tennessee’s 2016 5A Mr. Football is only a three-star prospect but has an offer list worthy of a four-star. Clemson, Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia are just four of the 10 schools that desired the high school junior’s services. I don’t know about you, but any time the Hogs can snatch away a three-star player, especially on the line, away from Georgia, that’s a step in the right direction. Here’s a breakdown of some of Hopper’s best plays from his high school career thus far.
Melrose High School
The first thing you notice about Hopper when watching him is his undeniable hunger to make plays. Watch from the start of the video as he sheds off the blocker quickly and has great awareness of the ball. As soon as he sees the ball coming near him, he changes direction slightly with his great agility and gets the interception for a touchdown. If he can put on weight as he is expected to, and still be this agile, things could get scary out there for Arkansas opponents.
As you can see from the video above starting at 0:32, his awareness on the field is superb. His IQ is definitely at an elite level right now, as he seems to always know where the quarterback or receiver is on every play. It’s almost like he knows where every play will be going, and that’s an incredibly valuable strength to have in your defensive tackle. No doubt, Hopper has the potential to be a full-on sack machine in the SEC.
A Closer Look
Here we get up close and personal with Hopper at work. Notice how this three-star maintains a balance of size and strength while not giving up athleticism. Did you see that spin at 0:14? He leaves the blocker well behind in his tracks.
Another top-notch defensive signing for the Hogs. Coaches John Scott (who primarily recruited Hopper), John Chavis and Steve Caldwell have kept Hog fans happy with their signings in 2018, and it looks like more of the same in 2019 if signings like this continue. By the look of Hopper’s twitter account, the young man seems more than happy to be the Hogs’ first commit for next year, and the word on the street is he might be urging more guys to look Fayetteville’s way for football. A great pick-up all the way around.