2012 Intro: Germone Hopper

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Berry Academy has one simple game plan – feed Germone Hopper the ball.

"We feed him the ball about 30-35 times a game whether its screens, passes, handoffs," Berry Academy assistant coach Jonathan Simmons said. "You give him the ball and he eats up 20 yards in a heart beat and he can score from anywhere on the field. [Opponents] won't kick to him anymore."

The result: Hopper rushed for 1,359 yards and 18 touchdowns on 162 carries (8.6-yard average) and 39 receptions for 465 yards and five scores during his junior season. The 6-foot, 180-pounder rushed for 1,202 yards and 23 touchdowns, and caught 482 yards and six additional scores as a sophomore. He also has 15 career touchdowns in returns.

"You can clearly see on film his start [and] stop, his acceleration, his lateral quickness, his vision," Simmons said. "From an offensive standpoint when you watch him he gives you goose bumps… He could be a jet sweep guy, he could line up at running back, [or] he could be a slot receiver. And he's tall – you usually get that from smaller guys."

Unsurprisingly, Hopper also excels in track for Berry Academy. He runs the 100- and 200-meter dash with career bests of 10.68 and 22.0 seconds.

Hopper's gaudy numbers has attracted nine verbal scholarship offers – Clemson, East Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Due to his playmaking ability, Hopper is being labeled an "athlete" by most schools.

"Some schools are scratching their heads trying to figure out where to put him," Simmons said. "There are about four different positions I've heard [college] coaches say he could play. Some schools would like him on defense, because they think he would be an electric playmaker on defense. There's a ton of schools that like him as a running back. There's a ton of schools that like him at receiver."

"Most schools are recruiting me at slot [receiver], because they want to see me with the ball in open space," Hopper said. "It really doesn't matter to me – as long as I'm going to school for free."

Simmons believes somewhere on the offensive side of the ball is Hopper's best fit.

"When he gets the ball, he can't be tackled in open space," Simmons said.

Hopper, who doesn't expect to make his collegiate decision until late in the process, doesn't have a true favorite schools list.

"Ever since I was little, I've always wanted to go to Clemson," Hopper said. "But as this recruiting process has grown stronger, I'm starting to become all even."

Last summer, Hopper camped at Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Southern Cal. He plans to increase his camp stops this summer.

"I want to go to some places where I don't have offers from and some that I have offers from but I haven't been to," Hopper said. "Last summer I went to four. This summer, I'm looking forward to a lot more."

Besides his camp stops, Hopper has made visits to Clemson, UNC, and NC State. He plans to return to UNC and also make his first visit to South Carolina for junior day.

Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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