Defensive lineman recruit Donald Hopkins confirmed to the Columbia Tribune Tuesday he has withdrawn his the commitment he gave to the Missouri Tigers.
Hopkins, a Rivals.com three-star recruit from Lago Vista, Texas, committed to Missouri in July. Lago Vista football coach Alan Haire told the Austin American-Statesman Hopkins turned down offers from Kansas and Alabama:
“(Missouri) was the first school that showed major interest in him,” said Haire, who added that Hopkins felt comfortable with the coaching staff’s long tenure at the school. “He felt like that’s where he needed to be.”
Rivals.com’s Utah site UteZone.com reported Tuesday Hopkins is no longer even considering playing at Missouri:
Lago Vista defensive tackle Donald Hopkins (6-foot-2 270 pounds) informed coaches from the University of Missouri that he was opening up his recruitment and that the Tigers were no longer in the picture.
UteZone.com reported Hopkins was considering playing for Houston or Utah, but Haire told the American-Statesman Utah was a “long shot” because Hopkins wants to play close to home.
Hopkins amassed 92 tackles and six sacks this year, per the American-Statesman. The Lago Vista Vikings compiled a 9-2 record in 2011, losing 14-11 to House Park in the regional round of the Texas Class 2A, Division I playoffs.