By Ray Hamill — College of the Redwoods sophomore Mitchell Hopkins has been named to the CCCAA Academic All-State team, a prestigious honor for the Corsairs tight end/receiver.
The Oregon native is one of just 41 players in the state honored on the team.
And, according to head coach Frank Borba, the honor was well deserved.
“He’s just one of those kids that goes above and beyond without being asked,” Borba said. “His commitment not only to the program but to his teammates is special. He’s an unbelievable kid.”
Hopkins, who has tutored several teammates, played in nine games for the Corsairs last season, accumulating 230 yards and two TDs on 13 receptions.
His contribution to the team, however, went well beyond that.
“He’s the kind of kid that does everything right behind the scenes,” Borba said.
Hopkins has received interest from Division-II and III programs and is expected to receive a scholarship offer, especially after being named to the academic all-state team.
Hopkins, who has a GPA of 3.58, is pursuing a degree in Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in science.
To qualify for the academic all-state team, a student athlete must have played two seasons and be taking at least 36 units with a GPA above 3.5.
Hopkins is the third CR player to earn the prestigious honor in Borba’s five years with the team, joining Brad Bretzing and Angelo Flores.