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Memphis DT pledges to Hogs, first commitment for 2019

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE
Arkansas coach Chad Morris speaks Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, during a press conference in the Fred Smith Football Center on the university campus in Fayetteville.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Arkansas coach Chad Morris speaks Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, during a press conference in the Fred Smith Football Center on the university campus in Fayetteville.

Highly regarded defensive lineman Trevis Hopper has committed to Arkansas and becomes Coach Chad Morris' first pledge for the 2019 class.

Hopper, 6-3, 268 of Memphis Central chose the Hogs over scholarship offers from Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and others. He and his family visited Fayetteville on Saturday along with numerous other top prospects.

"They have great facilities and it's a great program," Hoper said. "I was on the bus looking around at everything being built and already built. Academically, I want to major in business and it's a great program in order for me to accomplish that goal."

ESPN rates Hopper a 3-star prospect, the No. 22 defensive tackle and the No. 300 overall prospect in the nation for the 2019 class. He said the Razorbacks have everything needed to make him successful as a student-athlete.

"I'm here, I'm ready," Hopper said.

Hopper's family was also happy with his decision.

"That's why I brought them along with me so they could see it," Hopper said. "After they saw it, they're feeling it too."

He embraced the chance to become the Hogs' first commitment for the 2019 class.

"I consider myself a leader, so if I have to be the first one to do and they can follow, I'll continue that path through college," Hopper said.

Hopper wants to lead by example and encourage his future teammates to be the best they can be.

"Make sure I'm on point, be early for practice and be the last one to leave and the first one there," Hopper said. "If there's a situation going on, let's squash right here. Lets make this program what it already is, but greater."

Fayetteville was recently named the fifth best place to live in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, something Hopper noticed.

"Once I came out here I instantly had a home feeling," Hopper said. "Fayetteville is the fifth best city where to live. Once I saw everything it backed that up and I said ok."

Oral commitments are nonbinding.

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