TE Chris Joppru Led Minnetonka To AAAAA Title

Chris Joppru, a 6-6, 225-pound tight end out of Minnetonka (MN) High, helped lead the Skippers to the Class AAAAA title as he caught seven passes for 96 yards and completed two of two passes for 64 yards, including a 53-yard pass to running back Jalon Hopkins in a 23-14 win over Classic Lake rival Wayzata.

Chris Joppru had an excellent senior season and was named to the KARE-11 and Star Tribune All-Metro teams and the Associated Press first team.

Joppru was expected to carry a bigger role this season after playing behind a senior last year, but he surpassed most expectations as he caught 51 passes for 761 yards and six touchdowns. Minnetonka finished with a 13-1 record.

His brother, Bennie, was a standout tight end for the Michigan Wolverines who is now with the NFL's Houston Texans.

Joppru has yet to receive a scholarship offers, but said that head coach Dave Nelson recently told him to expect things to pick up in December. His strong postseason play should help his recruitment.

Joppru said that South Dakota State has contacted him recently and he attended the Gophers' season finale versus Iowa. Joppru also said that he has attended several other Gopher games.

Joppru attended Minnesota's summer camp for one day and Michigan's camp for five days.

Joppru said that he planned to join the basketball team Monday after the championship game. He did not play during the Skippers' scrimmage at Hopkins Saturday morning.

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