Hopper poised, confident this spring

It's a familiar story line for one of the more talented athletes on Clemson's 2015 roster.

Germone Hopper came to Clemson as one of the more decorated wide receivers in the country. He was a unanimous four-star prospect by all the recruiting services and was widely considered to be one of the most explosive players available in the 2012 recruiting class.

At the same time, he was also under the radar at Clemson. With players like Sammy Watkins, Nuk Hopkins and Charone Peake stealing headlines, Hopper was just another talented athlete waiting for his time to shine.

Additionally, the rising redshirt junior struggled at times staying true to the game.

He fought off-the-field issues, mostly related to consistently with his focus in the classroom and with understanding the playbook. He was suspended last spring so that he could focus more on his academics.

But now as one of the veterans on Clemson's offensive roster, Hopper is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel more clearly than ever before.

"I definitely am," he said. "I'm just putting in work with my boys. But this has by far, has been my best spring. No injuries or anything. I'm taking it one day at a time."

Coming off his most productive season to date: 27 receptions for 331 yards, three touchdowns in 424 snaps (including three starts), Hopper also says he's changed his attitude. What used to set him off now has him more motivated than ever before.

"I'm just trying to be consistent. No attitude. No days off. It's more about the right attitude with me right now every single day," he said. "I'm more focused. I'm doing good in school. There are no distractions over there. I also don't have to think anymore. I've got the offense down pat."

Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott confirmed Hopper's thoughts last week after practice.

“He’s always been a talented guy," Scott said. "That's never been a question. For him it’s been focus. It’s been discipline on and off the field that carries over. He’s had his best spring. He’s been noticed for good things and not the bad things.”

The former four-star standout could be in line for a few more starts this year and is also proving his worth as a punt returner as well.

And don't forget about his leadership. Yes - G-Hop has become of the leaders of the wide receivers this spring.

"I am definitely one of the leaders out here right now too," he added. "That's what I'm trying to be because I've been here now for a couple of years. We've got a good group of guys here and all the fans are going to see what we are all about this season. It's going to be great."

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