North Carolina Playmaker Talks Recruiting

Germone Hopper talks about stuffing the stat sheet and how recruiting is going.

Charlotte, N.C.--If stats are your thing then speedy Germone Hopper is definitely a player to watch in the Class of 2012. A 6-0, 185-pounder with a personal-best time of 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Hopper does it all in high school and it shows in the numbers he puts up.

In 2010 he had 1,559 yards rushing as a junior with 18 touchdowns. He also added 32 catches for 456 yards and six touchdowns and one punt return for a touchdown. As a sophomore he had 1,202 yards on the ground with 23 scores and had 482 receiving yards and six more scores. Throw in 15 career kick returns for scores and you have a dynamic weapon.

"My junior year I had a good year," Hopper says. "It was a breakout year for me. I got my name out there because of the numbers I had. It was a great year. We went 11-3 and lost in the third round of the playoffs. My 10th grade year I was focusing on what my position would be in high school. It came down to being an all-purpose player. I'm at wide receiver, running back, kick returner, punt returner. It's just basically having the ball in my hands.

"My strength is having the ball in the open field," Hopper adds. "When I get the ball in the open field I can make people miss. I can move good in traffic because of my speed. When I get into open space that's when I think I'm electrifying. That's why teams want to see me at slot receiver and give me tosses at running back and return kicks. Most everyone is recruiting me as a wide receiver."

Currently holding offers from schools such as Clemson, East Carolina, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee and Virginia and Virginia Tech, Hopper says the next in line could be the Auburn Tigers after speaking with the coaching staff late last week.

"I haven't been offered yet but I did speak to the coaches," Hopper says. "They called my coaches and I got a number and called them back. I talked to them and they told me to be looking out for an offer soon. That's somewhere I wouldn't mind going so I'm going to keep them in mind. I'm just keeping my options open. Auburn told me some good news so that was great."

Growing up without much knowledge of Auburn, Hopper says after watching the Tigers this year he's definitely wanting to learn more about the offense and the program in general.

"I watched them on TV this year," Hopper says. "They have a nice football program because they have been building over the years. With them winning the national championship you know it's a special program. They run a spread offense so that looks nice as well."

With offers already on the table and plans to visit Tennessee this coming weekend, Clemson on March 5, East Carolina on March 20 and Auburn on March 26, Hopper notes that he's getting an early look at some of his favorites but it doesn't mean he's ready to make a decision this quickly.

"I'm not going to drag things out but I'm going to wait it out," Hopper says. "I'm still getting the hang of the recruiting process. It came so hard and fast that I'm going to wait a little bit. It shouldn't take me all the way until signing day though to know where I'm going to spend the next four years of my life."

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