Breeland, Hopkins ready for season

CUTigers.com recently caught up with DeAndre Hopkins, Daniel HS, and Bashaud Breeland, Allendale-Fairfax HS, who've committed to sign with Clemson on Signing Day in 2010.

The two prospects weighed in on how things have gone during their pre-seasons as they get ready kick off their respective 2009 seasons in almost a week.

Hopkins, a cornerback/wide receiver, has enjoyed a solid start to the 2009.

Undefeated in scrimmages/jamborees against Palmetto and Wren, he continues to show why he's rated with four stars as the No. 14 cornerback prospect by Scout.com.

"Against Wren, to keep the shutout, they were kicking a field goal from inside 20 yards—I blocked it," he said.

Daniel opens its season against Easley on Aug. 28.

Though Easley didn't win a game last season, Hopkins isn't counting the meeting as win No. 1.

"I've heard they've improved some this year. So, I don't know, we'll see if we can get that first win," he said.

Breeland, a safety, saw his first pre-season action on Saturday when Allendale-Fairfax played in a jamboree against Scott's Branch.

After injuring his left knee in a 7-on-7 scrimmage against Calhoun County this summer, there was initial concern that Breeland may miss the entire season. Taking it slow on the way back to full speed, he said the left knee feels good.


"If he feels like Kyle Parker is the starter, then I guess he's right. But I like both of them, Willy (Korn) and Kyle. I like Tajh (Boyd) too," Hopkins said. "I think it's a good decision though."
Though he sat out three scrimmages, it felt even better after making a big play in his return to action.

"We beat them 16-0. I scored on a 50-yard touchdown and had a lot of tackles," Breeland said said.

Allendale-Fairfax opens 2009 against Wade Hampton on Aug. 28.

"It shouldn't be a tough game," said Breeland, who is rated with three stars as the No. 33 ranked safety prospect by Scout.com. "They beat us last year, but we had a bunch of injuries at the beginning of the season."

Hopkins also shared his thoughts on the happenings right down the road from him at Clemson. He believes in Coach Dabo Swinney's decision to name Kyle Parker as starting quarterback, though he has no favorite amongst the Clemson quarterbacks.

"If he feels like Kyle Parker is the starter, then I guess he's right. But I like both of them, Willy (Korn) and Kyle. I like Tajh (Boyd) too," Hopkins said. "I think it's a good decision though."

Don't expect him to be visiting anywhere else on game days this fall. He'll frequent Death Valley as he's done since he was 10-years-old.

"I'll probably just be going to Clemson games," he said.

This season, Hopkins believes the Tigers should be better than what many people expect.

"I'm not sure if they're the best team in the ACC yet but they're going to be pretty good. They'll give the ACC Championship a run for its money," he said.

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