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After the Spring Game yesterday, running back Stephen Hopkins of Flower Mound, Texas and Marcus High School, committed to Rich Rodriguez and the University of Michigan football program. Hopkins is the team’s 8th commit in the class of 2010, and measures in at 6-0, 220lbs with a 40-yard dash time of 4.6.
Hopkins came to the attention of Michigan fans in early March, when the Michigan coaches seemingly went around offering every talented big back they could get their hands on, including such prospects as Dietrich Riley, Mack Brown, and of course Hopkins. He said all the right things to the Michigan recruiting sites over the course of his recruitment, indicating that the Wolverines were squarely in the thick of his recruitment, if not leading for his services at all times. He made plans to visit for the Michigan Spring Game, and when he reached Ann Arbor, he was blown away by the atmosphere (I reckon it was the MGoFiasco that sent him over the edge), and committed to Coach Rod after the game. It is unclear if the staff is in the market for another big back in the class, though they’d likely take a super like Marcus Lattimore if the opportunity arose.
As mentioned above, Hopkins is a big back, who runs with power between the tackles, but also has goods speed to run past defenders. He is cut from a similar mold as Brandon Minor, and with his high school’s Scarlet-and-Gray uniforms, his video even looks a bit like Beanie Wells. He runs through defenders, and is rarely brought down by the first guy. On top of his physical attributes, he also shows good vision in his highlight video (imagine that!), not hesitating to use a cutback lane if his first read isn’t available. He shows good balance, though not elite. His high school team seems to run primarily from the I-set, so he may need a year of learning to play in the spread. His junior year, he ran 275 times for 1689 yards (6.14 ypc) and 22 touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 81s yards (7.36 ypc). The leading receiver on his team is a TE named “Rhett Butler,” which is very humorous.