Beavs add walk on Texas TE

NEW BEAV, ABOUT 25 POUNDS AGO

YOU NEVER STOP keeping an eye out for players who can help the program. Even when you're coming off the highest rated recruited class in recent memory and have no scholie spots available. Oregon State has added a walk on tight end who will arrive in Corvallis in a few days, one who plans on earning a scholarship after his first season with the Beavs.

Former Bowie High star (Austin, TX) Will Hopkins will join Oregon State's football program as a tight end, multiple sources reported.

He might also be an option as a long snapper.

Hopkins spent last year at the Air Force Academy's prep school but decided it wasn't the right fit.

Hopkins (6-7, 255) was also being pursued by Oregon and others but a recent unofficial visit to OSU sealed the deal.

HOPKINS MADE HIS mark at Bowie as a defensive end and offensive tackle, and at prep school this past season at o-tackle.

But he'll move to perhaps a more natural spot at Oregon State, tight end, for his size, weight and skills set.

Hopkins was a 3-star, 230-pound rangy prospect in 2012 who held offers from Wyoming, Colorado State, SMU and Texas State in addition to Air Force.

For his senior season in 2011, Hopkins had 78 tackles at d-end, including 11 TFLs, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 4 tipped passes and 39 hurries - 7 of which resulted in interceptions.

Hopkins started all 11 games at right tackle as well, and was a perfect 45/45 on long snaps.

Hopkins his senior season was named All-Centex at defensive lineman, First Team All-District at Defensive End, and Second Team All-District at Right Tackle. He also excelled in the classroom as an Academic All-District pick for the 5th straight semester and was also named Academic All-State.

Scout.com tabbed him as one of the best uncommitted Texas d-line prospects available in January of 2012 before he pledged Air Force.

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