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story.lead_photo.caption Trevis Hopper

Defensive lineman Trevis Hopper orally committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday and became Coach Chad Morris' first pledge for the 2019 class.

Hopper, 6-3, 268 pounds, 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 along with about 30 other top prospects.

"They have great facilities and it's a great program," Hopper 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 three-star prospect, the No. 22 defensive tackle and the No. 300 overall prospect for the 2019 class.

Hopper's family was 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 their best.

"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 it right here. Let's make this program what it already is, but greater."

Fayetteville recently was 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.

Sports on 02/25/2018

Print Headline: Hogs secure first 2019 pledge

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