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Younger Hopper Starting Fresh

Four schools -- including his older brother's program -- have offered the 2018 tight end.

Despite having a brother on North Carolina's roster, Tyneil Hopper, a 2018 tight end, says he has entered the recruiting process open-minded.

"I wouldn't say necessarily [UNC] is the team to beat, because I haven't visited a lot of schools," Hopper said. "... I haven't really looked into [my recruitment], yet. But, I'm going to start looking into it probably after my junior season."

For the second consecutive June, Hopper camped at UNC. Immediately following the most recent performance, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Roswell (Ga.) product landed a scholarship offer.

"It meant a lot to me," Hopper said. "Actually, it was one of my dream schools. I'm from North Carolina and I like the Tar Heels."

Shortly after his initial UNC camp workout, Hopper watched his older brother, Tyrone, verbally commit to UNC. Tyrone is now a true freshman linebacker for the Tar Heels.

Hopper says he hasn't been recruited by his older brother. That's because it's a given where Tyrone wants to see Tyneil spend his college days.

"I know how he feels about me," Hopper said. "He wants me to come to North Carolina.

"I would love to play with my brother. But, I want to make sure I have the best opportunity to play at any school that I feel fits me. And, I want to enjoy the recruiting process."

In addition to UNC, Hopper has collected offers from Kentucky, Louisville, and Wake Forest.

Besides his offering schools, Hopper has visited Alabama and Tennessee. He also attended separate satellite camps in Atlanta hosted by Georgia, Florida, and Virginia Tech.

Hopper will resume his recruiting travels this season, but has yet to set his schedule.

"I'm pretty sure I'll be visiting Chapel Hill a few times to watch a game," Hopper said with a laugh. "But not just to see my brother -- I want to talk to the coaches, because I've been building a good relationship with the tight ends coach [Chad Scott] and all the other coaches. I talk to Coach Tray Scott a lot. Coach [Larry] Fedora, I talk to him a lot."

Hopper attended UNC's season opener on Saturday in the Georgia Dome. In spite of the end result, he took a lot of positives from the experience.

"Actually, I really liked how they competed against Georgia," Hopper said. "I really believe they should have won that game. But, just a couple of calls didn't go their way. It was a really good game all around, though."

UNC's starting tight end, Brandon Fritts, left the game before being targeted for a pass. However, replacement, Carl Tucker, had two receptions for 22 yards.

"I really liked how they used their tight ends -- split them out wide," Hopper said. "I'm in the slot a lot. I really enjoyed watching the tight ends -- I liked the routes they ran. They were a part of the offense and they got up field.

"It's a pretty good offense for me."

For nationally ranked Roswell High, Hopper has two receptions for 30 yards. Both catches occurred in the opener, because he was double covered for the entirety of Friday night.

While in the Georgia Dome on Saturday night, NCAA rules prohibited interaction between Hopper and UNC coaches. However, Hopper communicates fairly regularly with tight ends coach Chad Scott and area recruiter Tray Scott. 

"Coach [Chad] Scott believes I'll be a great fit in their offense," Hopper said. "He said I'd be a really good tight end for him."

After working out under Seth Littrell two Junes ago, Hopper was coached up by Scott this past June.

"He helped me a lot on breaking down my routes and helping me use my strength into my opponents," Hopper said.

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