Make it two

CENTRAL - Daniel head coach Randy Robinson had coached one other player who was picked in the NFL Draft.

In 2011, Jarvis Jenkins became the first when he was selected in the second-round by the Washington Redskins.

Two years later, DeAndre Hopkins became draft pick No. 2 when he went in the first-round to the Houston Texans.

Robinson was one of Hopkins' guests at the draft party inside the Red Minnow Dinner Club in Central. Everyone in attendance was happy the celebration lasted just a few hours, as opposed to a couple of days

"That was one of those special nights," Robinson said, during a recent interview with CUTigers. "It's just unbelievable to see a kid who grew up here in Central, play for Daniel, go to Clemson, star and get drafted in the first-round.

"That was special."

Hopkins was pretty special during his three seasons at Clemson -- he caught 206 passes with 3,020 yards and 27 touchdowns, finishing first in school history in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, 100-yard receiving games and second in receptions.

That production was parlayed into the 27th overall selection by the Texans.

"He came by the school the week before the draft. We talked a long time," Robinson said. "I said, ‘Look, Nuk, getting drafted is a blessing and an opportunity, no matter if it's first-round, second-round or third.

"But he had set a personal goal. He wanted to get drafted in the first-round. Anytime a kid sets a goal that high, you have something special."

So far, just a few weeks into his career in the NFL, Hopkins is off to a promising start. Aside from a bruised knee during an organized team activity earlier this week, Hopkins has shown well for the Texans.

Quarterback Matt Schaub told the Texans' official site that Hopkins is a "dynamic player."

"He's just going to bring an added dimension to our offense," Schaub said.

Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson has been impressed, too. He had good things to say about Hopkins after Monday's OTA.

"He's picking up everything pretty well. He went and made some plays today and that's a good thing. I think day-by-day, he'll continue to get better and better," Johnson said.

For current Daniel players like Jae'lon Oglesby, a 2014 running back who's committed to Clemson, watching Hopkins in the NFL will be fun.

"Now, he can be labeled as somebody's favorite player," Oglesby said. "He's a pro now. It was pretty tight watching him. I used to watch him when he was in high school on the old field. Just watching him make it, it's pretty tight." Top Stories