Chris Joppru, a 6-6 TE, Has Two BCS Visits Set

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 set up two visits with teams that played in BCS Bowl games earlier this month. 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 Pioneer 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 he is set to visit Utah this weekend and Pittsburgh the following weekend.


"I will go to Utah Saturday right after our basketball game against St. Louis Park. Their new head coach had previously recruited my brother J. J."


Joppru previously said that North Dakota State and Southwest State had 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) had been calling, and North Dakota State was planning on setting up an official visit.


However, he is now looking at playing at the highest level possibly.


"I want to go Division I. I am not looking at Division II schools now."


Joppru attended several other Gopher games and Minnesota's summer camp for one day and Michigan's camp for five days.


However, the Gophers are no longer in the mix, due to signing several top tight end prospects last year, such as Jack Simmons and Sam Scroggins and returning Matt Spaeth and Jarod Posthumus. 


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


Joppru has turned himself into a solid two-sport standout. Last year was his first competitive season and he came off the bench. This season, he is starting and is carrying much of the inside scoring and rebounding load. Joppru said that he is starting to like basketball even more and he is one of the squad's team captains and is averaging 12.4 points per game


Joppru said that he felt that Skippers' basketball team was starting to play well again and his words proved correct as they defeated Cooper 67-60 last night as he scored a game-high 20 points. Minnetonka had entered the game 3-8.


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