Roswell, Ga.--Looking for a difference -maker at the tight end position, the Auburn Tigers had one of their top targets on campus Thursday with three-star Tyneil Hopper going through position drills at a camp and getting to work with Coach Larry Porter one-on-one.
“Everything went good,” Hopper said. “We went through some good drills to help me with my football and with my ball skills.”
Already very familiar with Porter because his brother was recruited to North Carolina by Auburn’s new tight ends coach, Hopper noted the camp experience gave him a chance to see another side of the former running backs coach.
“Him coaching tight ends it’s like he’s been coaching tight ends for a long time,” the prospect said. “He taught me a lot of things.”
Showing very good hands and the ability to break open with crisp routes, Hopper is an example of the new-age tight end that is more like a big receiver at times. He said that is something Auburn's coaches liked about him during his camp workout.
“He said I ran some really good routes and he said he liked the way I was shaking and baking those guys out there,” Hopper said of Coach Gus Malzahn. “He said Coach Porter is really high on me.
“They really want me,” he added. “They said they’re going to keep recruiting me and they’re going to come see me play.”
With Auburn showing much love the Tigers are a team that has been constantly in the mix for Hopper, especially with the familiar face of Porter now on the Plains. He said the familiarity he has with the Tigers is something that really stands out to him.
“It’s very important,” Hopper said. “I’m still looking around to make sure I’m going to the right school, but I really like Auburn. Auburn is a great place to be. I’m just going to keep looking around to make sure I make the right decision.”
With high school teammate Malik Willis already at Auburn since January as an early graduate, Hopper pointed out that is something that really works in the Tigers’ favor as he prepares to begin to cut down his list in the summer.
“I’ll release my top seven or top eight in about mid-July,” Hopper said. “Auburn is high on my list. I really like Auburn. Auburn is a very good school.
“It’s the family," he added. "They are like family there. They actually care about their players and make sure everybody is doing the right thing. I talk to Malik and he said it’s a really great place to be.”