Tyneil Hopper (Photo by Chad Simmons)

Alabama offers tight end prospect Tyneil Hopper, teammate of current commitment Xavier McKinnney

Alabama verbally extended double-digit scholarship offers to top junior prospects over the weekend, with Peach State tight end prospect Tyneil Hopper getting the good news Friday night before visiting Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

To say class of 2018 Roswell (Ga.) tight end prospect Tyneil Hopper had a solid weekend would probably be an understatement. On Friday night, he learned of two new scholarship offers -- from Iron Bowl rivals Auburn and Alabama -- around the same time. 

"I called coach Ansley Friday and he wanted me to come to the junior day and right before we got off the phone he told me I have an offer from the University of Alabama," he said. "When I was offered I was really excited about it because Alabama is one of the top programs in the country."

The next day, he headed to Tuscaloosa for another look at the Crimson Tide program.


"They have been recruiting me for a while, now." Hopper said. "They have seen me at their camp before and they really liked my performance." 

The junior prospect, who measured in at near 6-foot-2, 220 pounds Saturday while on campus, was able to spend some time with Nick Saban before heading back to the Peach State.

"The offer wasn't a topic of discussion because I was offered the night before," he said. "They showed me a good time. I sat down with coach Saban and we just talked about Alabama in general. It was pretty cool, we just talked about what it takes to be a student-athlete as far as discipline and how much you really enjoy what you're doing and competing." 

Another Roswell Hornet was in Tuscaloosa Saturday for a closer look at the campus. The difference is that Xavier McKinney, the senior All-American safety prospect, will sign with UA on Wednesday before enrolling in two weeks or so. 

Did one of the most coveted prospects in school history recruit the junior to the school he is set to enroll at?

"No," Hopper said with a laugh. "He just congratulated me." 


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