Pack in Lead Group for Charlotte Junior

NC State is a major player for Charlotte (NC) Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology junior Germone Hopper. Pack Pride has the early scoop on the talented prospect's recruitment.

Junior athlete Germone Hopper is one of the top football prospects in the Charlotte area from the Class of 2012 so you can expect him to receive a lot of attention in the coming months.

The 6-0, 170-pound prospect rushed for more than 1,000 yards and had about 500 yards receiving for Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology. He helped lead his team to an 11-3 record, and while Hopper is pleased with how the season went, it's funny how the losses always seem to stick in a player's mind more vividly than the wins.

"We got knocked out in the third round. We could have had the game but we didn't finish in the second half. We were leading at the half 21-7 but they came back in the second half. The season went well. We were planning on making it to the championship but it (the season) went well."

Hopper's primary position this year was running back but he also spent a lot of time at slot receiver. He was lined up all over the field depending on the formation his team was running. He also played safety and cornerback on defense.

Hopper has a head start on the recruiting process compared to many other Class of 2012 prospects. He camped at Southern Cal last summer and he has also visited Alabama, Clemson, Georgia Tech, NC State and North Carolina. He believes most schools will be recruiting him as a slot receiver, though it might be too early to say.

What did he think of NC State while he was in town?

"Their atmosphere is nice," he said. "Their sports facilities are nice. I like it. The coaches show you around a lot. It seems like if you go there the coaches are going to care about you. I went to their game when they played Florida State.

"I would say my favorites are North Carolina State, Clemson, and I would say North Carolina."

Surprisingly, Hopper said he does not know what verbal offers he currently has. There have been some reports that some schools have offered, but he claims he wouldn't know.

"My coaches handle that and they pretty much hint at some things but I don't know for sure or not," he said. "My coaches tell me they don't want to get my head pumped. They want me to focus on what I'm doing now. They don't let me know that stuff yet."

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