Tyneil Hopper is a tight end from Roswell (GA) who is emerging as one of the top tight end prospects in the state. The 6-foot-2 215-pound Hopper holds an impressive offer list that includes Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, among others.
It's been a busy year so far for Hopper as he's taken multiple visits, and competed at multiple camps. One of the aspects I love about Hopper's game is his competitiveness. He is a guy who loves to compete with the best, and someone who works on his game constantly.
Hopper was invited too, and has camped at Alabama, Tennessee, Clemson, and North Carolina so far. Hopper was also invited to multiple satellite camps by Georgia, Florida, Mississippi State, and Ohio State. Hopper told me that many programs showed strong interest during and after the camps. Look for teams like Alabama, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Florida, Ohio State, and Mississippi State to start showing more interest soon in Hopper, who should be one of the top tight end prospects in the country for the 2018 class.
On film Hopper shows he has consistent hands on offense side, and was a force on the defensive side as well. He's a versatile player who has the chance to really breakout as a junior. The Hornets should have another great team this season, and will have a solid quarterback throwing him the ball in Malik Wills, a Virginia Tech commitment. As a blocker, Hopper does a nice job of using his long arms to get to the defender first, and shows the ability to throw guys around. He does a nice job of opening holes for 2017 back Sheldon Evans, who has put up huge numbers on the ground the past few seasons.
Hopper currently does not hold a Georgia offer, but an offer down the road wouldn't chock me. He doesn't have ideal size to play tight end in Georgia's system, but he has the versatility and athletic ability to possibly play linebacker. It will be interesting to see who the Bulldogs target at the tight end position for the 2018 class since they might not take one in the 2017 class. Hopper has spoken to running backs coach Dell McGee in the past, who recruits the Roswell area for the Bulldogs.
Look for Hopper to have a big junior season, and see his recruitment pick up more and more over the next two years. He should be a highly ranked athlete in Georgia for the 2018 class.