Class of 2006 Prospect - MS LB/RB Domonic Hopson

Domonic Hopson (Pascagoula HS, 6-3, 218, 4.7), after recording 114 tackles and 6 interceptions his sophomore year, will be one of the top junior linebackers in the state of Mississippi this coming season. Domonic also expects to play tailback on the offensive side of the ball this season.

Domonic Hopson Profile:

Although it is still early in his career, Domonic, a junior this season, proved last year that he has a chance to be one of the best players in the state.

In addition to his play on the field, he also performed well in the classroom, recording a 3.2 grade point average up to this point and also scoring a 21 on the ACT.

Making good grades was instilled in him by his mother. According to Domonic, "if we don't have our academics in order our mother will take us off the team. She told us our books come before sports."

That attitude, along with his natural physical ability, is going to take him far when it comes to recruiting.

While college coaches are not able to contact him due to NCAA rules, look for them to start sending letters very soon in his junior season.

Lucky for Domonic, he won't be intimidated by recruiting because he has an older brother, Trey Hopson, a senior running back at Pascagoula, who is currently going through the recruiting process himself.

Domonic will use that to help him when his own recruiting heats up. "I'll learn what to expect," said Domonic.

He's also learning other things from his brother. "He and I got tapes from his sophomore year and watched what he did wrong. That will help me keep from doing the things he did."

Also a basketball player who can two-hand dunk the basketball, Domonic explains what has helped make him the ballplayer he is today. "I think I have a nose for the ball, wherever the ball is I'll be there. I think it grew as (Trey and I) learned more about the game. We would sit around and study the games from last year."

When asked if basketball might be a sport he will consider when it comes time to head to college, Domonic quickly dispelled that. "I'll play football in college because I love football."

As for what colleges he is currently interested in, he listed a number of school, mostly from the SEC. "I like LSU, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi State," said Domonic. "And I like Southern Miss and Ole Miss. I watched (Ole Miss') Eli Manning. I like a lot of the SEC teams and a couple of ACC teams, like Florida State. I mainly like the teams that I have been able to watch because I haven't been able to talk to them."

While it is still very early in the recruiting process, Domonic is definitely a youngster that college coaches will be watching with keen eyes this coming season.

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