After an 11-2 2012 campaign, ThuderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch should have reason for confidence as they return numerous key players. Highlighting the list of returnees are QB Brody Westmoreland, RB Steve Ray, OT Sam Jones and WR Mark Hopper.
Hopper, a 6-3 190 pounder, was a deep threat in the passing game for a ThundeRidge squad known for running the ball. Last season, Hopper, on 28 catchers, averaged over 20 yards per reception. With great size to go with solid athleticism, Hopper has attracted initial DI and FCS attention. According to Hopper he has gotten invitations to junior days at Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, South Dakota State and New Mexico.
Like all players, Hopper is focusing this offseason on his strength and quickness. What makes this scary in regard to Hopper is increased strength and speed will be on top of his already impressive size. Hopper is also focusing on becoming a more polished receiver.
Hopper has yet to receive an offer, but a strong offseason and a senior campaign with increased production working with QB Brody Westmoreland should eventually bring offers Hopper's way.