Hopkins is a 2019 graduate of Quincy University, where he was an All-Conference honorable mention selection in 2018. During his senior All-Conference season, he played in 10 games, recording 16 tackles and rushing for 527 yards for five touchdowns.
Prior to Quincy, Hopkins was on the roster for two seasons at Illinois State, including his redshirt freshman season when he appeared in 13 games. Hopkins was part of a Redbird team that won a Missouri Valley Conference Championship and was a national runner-up.
Along with his playing career, Hopkins attended sessions at the Missouri Minority Coaches Association Coaches Clinic. During his time at Quincy, he interned at the Adams County Juvenile Detention Center and worked with the Tim Tebow Foundation in its Night to Shine event.