A team can never have enough playmakers on their roster and that is exactly how opposing coaches describe James Hopper. Hopper plays running back, free safety, and punt and kick returner for his Fayetteville 71st team. The team is 8-2 and Hopper is pleased with their play.
"The season is going real well," said Hopper. "We have only lost two games, one of them last week to Richmond County. We just want to finish strong and get ready for the playoffs."
Hopper is also pleased with his individual play so far this season. "I think I am playing well. I am one of the top players on my team and I play offense, defense, and special teams. I just do what I can to help my team. I try to be a leader on and off the field as well. I just try to be a good teammate and friend to the other players. I see the team like a family."
While still committed to Virginia Tech, Hopper is keeping all of his options open. "Right now I am pretty solid to Virginia Tech but I am also listening to what other teams have to offer." One of those teams is Wake Forest. "I was supposed to visit there last weekend but didn't make it. I am still talking with my parents about visiting there."
Hopper knows what is most important to him and his family when it comes to choosing a school. "Education is the most important thing to me and my family. Of course I want to play in the pros but I know I need to get a good education in case that doesn't happen. Playing time is also important. I want to come in and make plays for the team whether it is on offense, defense, or special teams."
With his combination of speed and athleticism, Hopper will be successful on either side of the ball at the next level. He also has the right mentality to be a great kick and punt returner and is a team first player.