Junior offensive lineman Tommy Hopkins of Hawthorne (N.Y.) Westlake made the trip yesterday to Penn State for the school's junior day and will hit the road once again next weekend to get a closer look at a Big East program.
"It was a good visit," said Hopkins, who is 6-foot-6 and 282-pounds. "I saw the facilities and I got to meet some of the coaches."
As with other recruits at the junior day, the new coaching staff made a favorable impression.
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"I liked them," said Hopkins. "I met my recruiting coach, Coach Strollo and the offensive line coach, Coach McWhorter. They seem like nice guys and the offensive line coach knows what he's doing. He has a lot of experience."
Hopkins also got a better idea of where he stands with the Nittany Lions when it comes to an offer.
"Coach McWhorter said that they're not going to give a lot of offers out early to offensive linemen because he wants to get to know the recruits better, but both coaches said that they want me to come back for a spring practice," said Hopkins.
Up next for Hopkins is a visit to a Big East program.
"I'm going to UConn on Saturday, which I'm looking forward to," said Hopkins.
Aside from Penn State and Connecticut, Hopkins has also been receiving steady interest from Duke, Syracuse and Temple.