Hypolite Focuses on Season

The Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola fullback prospect, <b>George Hypolite</b>, said his primary focus right now is on his high school senior season, even though he received his first scholarship offer...

After months of waiting, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola fullback George Hypolite, (6-2, 230) finally received his first offer. But with more important things on his mind, Hypolite said it really wasn't that big of a thing for him.

"Colorado offered me," said Hypolite. "But to be honest, recruiting just isn't as important to me as some guys. My responsibility is to Loyola. I'm a Cub first, and a recruit second. I've got more important things right now," said Hypolite.

What's currently taking precedence for him is defending Loyola's CIF Division I Championship they won a year ago, which Hypolite was a major part of, with an outstanding showing against Long Beach Poly in the CIF Division I Finals, rushing for 89 yards on 12 carries.

"After December 10th (the CIF Finals), I'll start to worry about recruiting. Until then, I'm worrying about getting us another title," said Hypolite.

In the meantime, along with the Colorado offer, Hypolite is hearing from most of the Pac-10.

He said: "UCLA and USC are two of my top schools. I'm really wide open right now. I'll sit down and narrow it down later on. I'm hearing from Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State. It would be nice to stay out here near my family and friends, but I am going to go with the best option for me."

For nearly all of the recruiting season, Hypolite has held the stance his focus was on Loyola's season, with recruiting the second priority. He didn't attend any team camps this summer or the individual camps, which might have dictated the lack of offers, but that wasn't a concern to him. "I know what I can do on the field, with the pads on," he said. "I've shown what I could do. They are a lot of guys focused on next year, and playing in college. But for me, it's more important to give my all to Loyola. I made a commitment to this team to give them 110 percent of myself, and if I'm focusing on recruiting, I am not giving them all of that commitment."

He has stated on numerous occasions that the offers will come, but you only have a senior season once. "I knew that my play on the field could lead to offers. But I want to win another title. Last year's team is different from this year's team. I'm a leader this year. I want to win as a senior. I haven't gotten many carries this year, but I've played real well on defense. I try to bring it every game," said Hypolite.

So with his attention on the CIF playoffs, Hypolite is set on bringing a second straight championship to Loyola. "CIF didn't do us any favors. We're going to have to earn this one. We play (Huntington Beach) Edison, and they are a very talented team. We're the No. 3 seed in the playoffs, and we won our league. We know what it takes to win, but we'll see if that translates onto the field. Like I've said all along, keep the team first, and be committed to the Cubs."

Academically, Hypolite has solid credentials, with a 3.45 GPA and an 1140 SAT score to go along with a 26 ACT score.


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