Hopkins electric in big win

CENTRAL, S.C. - Four Clemson commitments took the field Friday night when Daniel hosted T.L. Hanna as three Clemson assistant coaches were on hand to watch.

Offensive line coach Brad Scott, running back coach Andre Powell and wide receiver coach/recruiting coordinator had a big presence on the sideline, all decked out in orange and purple.

Two future Clemson wide receivers committed to be part of the 2010 class were matched up throughout the night. The game with in the game was a battle of Scout.com four-star prospects. Daniel's DeAndre Hopkins, who is rated as the nation's No. 15 cornerback, took the task of covering wide receiver Martavis Bryant, the No. 17 wide receiver.

It was Hopkins' game changing play at the end of the third quarter that clinched increased Daniel's 7-6 lead. Jumping between Bryant and the ball, Hopkins took an interception 68 yards for a touchdown. Daniel went on to win 27-6.

"I just kind of read the quarterback and what they were doing on the down and which one they were throwing on," Hopkins said. "I kind of expected the slant to come. I read the quarterback's eyes and bit on it."


"I just kind of read the quarterback and what they were doing on the down and which one they were throwing on," Hopkins said of his big interception. "I kind of expected the slant to come. I read the quarterback's eyes and bit on it."
Bryant only caught two balls for 20 yards. Hanna ran 31 times (including three by Brant for negative yardage) and threw just 18 times. He was targeted several times throughout but Hopkins was able to fend of more receptions and receiving yards by breaking up several passes. Bryant was complimentary of his future teammate.

"He's one of the best players I've played against so far," he said.

Offensively, Hopkins also scored the Lions' first touchdown when he hauled in a 43-yard touchdown reception from Tevin Robinson.

Friends off the field, Hopkins and Bryant shook hands and wished one another luck after the coin toss. In the week leading up to the game, there wasn't any trash talk or guarantees. It was much of the same during the game with very few words shared.

"We talked at the end of the game, but not really during the game," Bryant said.

Fellow 2010 commit Jack Nicolopulos, a three star No. 27 ranked middle linebacker, saw two and three Daniel run blockers his way throughout the night. In on several tackles, he still impacted the game as other linebackers were free to get in on tackles a step or so sooner.

Daniel's DeShaun Williams, a 2011 defensive tackle, showed a good motor and emotion throughout.

Bryant, Nicolopulos and Williams were also all on hand for Clemson's 37-14 over Middle Tennessee in Death Valley Saturday night.

CUTigers.com will have more on their visits to Tigertown posted later Sunday evening.


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Martavis Bryant



Jake Nicolopulos



DeAndre Hopkins



Hopkins, Jeff Scott, Brad Scott, Andre Powell



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