Cornerback Demetrious Nicholson might have some competition for having the best hair on the Virginia Football team.
On Thursday afternoon, the Wahoos landed a commitment from fifth-year transfer tight end Charlie Hopkins of Stanford.
Hopkins, who will graduate from SU in June, will be eligible to play immediately for one season.
The 6-6, 260 pound tight end began his college career as a defensive end, before moving to the offensive side of the ball prior to the 2013 season. In his first year at tight end, Hopkins played in all 14 games, mainly as a blocking tight end. While he caught just two passes in 2013, Hopkins saw plenty of an action as a lead blocker, and had a knack for springing the Stanford 'backs for big gains on the ground.
Hopkins' arrival is significant in that the Wahoos struggled to consistently run the ball in 2014. With injuries plaguing the offensive line and the inexperience at the tailback back position, the fifth-year transfer will be a tremendous asset as a run blocker. Look for Hopkins to aid the Cavalier 'backs grind out more yardage to take the pressure off of whoever lines up at quarterback.
In addition, the Wahoos are extremely thin at tight end. Senior and former defensive end Rob Burns is the only TE with any game experience, and he has only played sparingly throughout his career. Red shirt Freshman Evan Butts will debut this season, and the Wahoos signed a pair of tight ends in the class of 2015. Look for Hopkins to act as a mentor to the younger and greener TEs on the roster.
Hopkins is the second fifth-year transfer to join the Virginia Football program, joining former North Carolina wide receiver T.J. Thorpe.