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2016 UConn Football Recruiting: Two Running Backs Officially Sign

The Huskies add a pair of running backs to the Class of 2016.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nate Hopkins

Hopkins is the Huskies first commitment from Texas since 2012, and he could be the first Texas commit to step on campus since 2008. Listed at 6-foot-1, 215 lbs, Hopkins held offers from Army, Boise State, Illinois and Navy before ultimately choosing UConn. He is rated as a 3-star recruit by 247Sports.com and Scout.com, and a 2-star recruit by Rivals.com.

According to Scout.com:

"Hopkins is a bruising ball-carrier who is the type of back to wear down a defense over the course of a game. Possesses great size for the position. Runs through arm tackles and makes the most of his carries, whether turning a loss into no gain or short gain to several yards. Capable of punishing defenders at the second level. Doesn't possess "home run" speed, but shows good burst and one-cut ability."

Hopkins had a very successful senior year, rushing for over 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns. He does most of his damage in-between the tackles but doesn't currently do much catching out of the backfield.

Ja'Kevious Vickers

With Hopkins being more of a power back, Ja'Kevious Vickers projects as more of a scat-back or change-of pace runner. Standing 5-foot-11, 195 lbs, Vickers played at Glades Central HS in Belle Glade, FL. He was in attendance for two of the Huskies' biggest wins of the season, The #ConFLiCT and the upset victory over Houston.

Both 247Sports.com and Rivals.com have Vickers listed as a 2-star prospect.

With the Huskies have a very group of running backs, with Arkeel Newsome, Ron Johnson and Josh Marriner all rising juniors. Hopkins could step into the do-it-all back role left by senior Max DeLorenzo, but both will need to battle this summer to see the field this fall.