Roswell, Ga.--Playing for one of the top offenses in Georgia last season, 6-2, 226 hybrid tight end Tyneil Hopper made a name for himself despite playing alongside Auburn signee Malik Willis and four receivers that caught at least 30 passes.
Showing the ability to stretch the field from his tight end position, Hopper is a player that the Tigers offered just before signing day in late January and on Monday he too a visit to the Plains to check out Gus Malzahn’s program.
Already very familiar with new Auburn TE Coach Larry Porter from his time at North Carolina, where Hopper’s brother currently plays, the 2018 prospect said it was great to see Porter once again and talk about where he fits in his plans at the position.
“I really talked to him and had a deep conversation,” Hopper said. “Everything was good. He likes me a lot and he wants me to come back on campus and come back for one of the games. They want to see me more at my position as far as blocking and improving on little things.
“I really like him,” he added of Porter. “He’s a straightforward guy and he’s willing to create good players. He wants to take care of you and make sure you’re working hard to be the best version of you.”
In addition to spending time with Porter, Hopper also got the chance to get a feel for the Auburn campus and facilities. That was something very important to him because he expects the Tigers to become a big part of his recruiting moving forward.
“I had a lot of fun just walking around the campus and meeting some of my friends,” Hopper said. “I actually played with Malik Willis, who’s a quarterback there now. It was a great experience walking around campus. I know a lot of people. The visit was great.
“I got to see a little bit of a workout and got to talk to all of the coaches. It seems like they are very excited about me and I’m looking forward to getting back there again.”
One of the things that is working in Auburn’s favor is having Willis already on campus. An early enrollee, the quarterback will go through spring practice with the Tigers and has had nothing but positives to say according to Hopper.
“Malik just said it’s a great place to be and they’re going to work you hard,” Hopper said. “He just said that you’ve got to be ready. He just loves it and said it’s a great place to be.”
Planning to visit Louisville and South Carolina next, Hopper said after getting a chance to see Auburn and learn more about the program he definitely sees the Tigers staying in his top group for quite a while.
“I believe Auburn is going to be one of my top schools that I really like,” he said. “I’ll be back down soon.”