Dickinson High's Hopfauf signs with Blue Hawks football
For Treven Hopfauf, it was all about tradition. Both of Hopfauf's parents -- Jason (Class of 1993) and Darcy ('94) -- graduated from Dickinson State University. As a child, Hopfauf attended Blue Hawks football games with his family and dreamed of...
For Treven Hopfauf, it was all about tradition.
Both of Hopfauf's parents - Jason (Class of 1993) and Darcy ('94) - graduated from Dickinson State University.
As a child, Hopfauf attended Blue Hawks football games with his family and dreamed of one day being on that field. He recognized early on it was a winning culture. Dickinson State's back-to-back NAIA football playoff appearances this year and last proved that further.
He wanted in.
On Thursday, in an upstairs suite of the Biesiot Activities Center, the Dickinson High senior signed his National Letter of Intent to play football for the Blue Hawks.
"My parents graduated from here, and I'm happy to carry on that legacy," he said. "I've been a Blue Hawk football fan since I was young ... and now I get to live my dream through my hometown."
After three varsity seasons for the Midgets, and being selected as an all-West Region fullback and linebacker as a senior, Hopfauf's hard work has certainly paid off, said Dickinson High head coach John Tuchscherer.
"He's earned every accolade he's gotten, earned all the recruiting attention that he's received," Tuchscherer said. "It's a really nice moment for him and his family, and I'm really proud of him, knowing how much work he put into it to earn this and be able to move on and play at the next level."
Dickinson State head coach Pete Stanton had a close look at Hopfauf his entire career and appreciated the effort his newest recruit brought to both sides of the ball.
"Every game you watched the last three seasons, he played so hard. We liked the way he blocked at fullback and was really physical, and he had a great two years at linebacker," Stanton said. "We're going to start him off playing linebacker, but we know he has the ability to play fullback as well. ... The big things we liked about him were his toughness and his leadership - you could tell he was one of those guys out of the field that led his team. ... He's got everything we look for in our recruits."
Hopfauf fielded offers from several NCAA Division II and NAIA schools in the region, but Dickinson State was seemingly always in the lead. He knew it early, and he knew it after his last game as a Midget.
"When we lost our last game here, I knew in my heart it wasn't going to be my last game here. I knew I had four or five more years here at this complex," Hopfauf said. "I was leaning toward this program for the longest time. I'm excited to finally make it official."