Chris Joppru Still Waiting on Division I Offer

Chris Joppru, a 6-6, 225-pound tight end out of Minnetonka (MN) High, who 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, has not seen his recruitment pick up the way some expected. GoldenSports.net caught up with Joppru to find the latest on his recruitment.

Chris Joppru had an excellent senior season and was named to the KARE-11 and Star Tribune All-Metro teams and the Associated Press and St. Paul Pinoeer Press All-State 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. Many observers feel that Chris has a bigger upside than his older brother.

Joppru has yet to receive a scholarship offer 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 North Dakota State and Southwest State visited his school. He was to have a home visit with South Dakota State, but that was cancelled due to a basketball game. Minnesota State Mankato and Buffalo (a Division I school in the MAC) have also been calling. North Dakota State is setting up an official visit in the near future.

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's father, Shelton, thought that his son's early interest in Michigan might have scared off some other teams.

"They don't have a lot of scholarships available, only 13 or 14."

Joppru said he had 14 points and 10 rebounds in their 68-60 loss to Roseville Friday night. Joppru admitted that he should have scored more but that he missed seven shots. He also said that he is starting to like basketball even more. Last year was his his first competitive season and he came off the bench. This season, he is starting and will carry much of the inside scoring and rebounding load.

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