DeAndre Hopkins: High Major Interest Early

2010 Daniel High star DeAndre Hopkins is arguably the state's top athlete in his class as a football and basketball standout. College coaches have already made him a priority early on and Hopkins gives us the latest scoop regarding his recruitment and season thus far. Come inside to learn about the budding superstar from Central, SC.

We sat down and had a discussion amongst a group of former and current high school coaches during a meeting recently. The topic came up about the Palmetto State's top athletes in recent memory. Two names were quickly agreed upon as the best in the last decade, former Palmetto High star Derek Watson and current Summerville High star A.J. Green. Quickly that conversation turned to if there were any current players besides Green that had the same kind of superstar potential in more than just one sport. "The kid from Daniel is the truth!" one coach uttered and immediately everyone in attendance chimed in and agreed. The kid everyone was talking about is 2010 prospect DeAndre Hopkins. We sat down with DeAndre and he told us the latest regarding his recruitment and offseason plans.

Why were the coaches I talked about before raving about Hopkins so wildly? You see Hopkins lead the state in interceptions as a sophomore this season with 14 picks. DeAndre Hopkins the DB is as good as it gets in the 2010 class and honestly he's still quite raw on the gridiron. Using his 6'3 175 pound frame and elite natural instincts he made quarterbacks who dared to throw to his side look silly almost every time. If he didn't make the interception he'd deflect the ball and he still found time to make plays on the offensive side of the ball as well for the Lions too as a wide receiver. He caught 12 passes for 271 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Lions finished with a 11-2 record as Hopkins helped lead the Lions to a school record with 29 total interceptions this season.

Currently Hopkins is leading the Lions along with backcourt mate SG Matt Steelman to an impressive season thus far on the basketball court. His coach Jeff Maness contacted us about Hopkins early in the season and had this to say about him, "He's probably the best player I've ever coached." The scary thing is that Hopkins is just a sophomore and should only continue to get better with more experience.

As a point guard Hopkins has superb court vision and uses his speed to get into the lane just about any time he wants. If the Lions need some offense he's more than capable of scoring in bunches as well as he's currently averaging 20+ points per game so far. When asked about his talents on the court he said the following were his strengths currently, "My strong points are seeing the court well, my midrange game, and finishing when I take it to the hoop." Areas of improvement DeAndre said were, "being a better defender and working on my free throw shooting."

Last month Hopkins helped Daniel High win the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic Tournament held at Chesterfield High School. There he took home MVP honors as the Lions knocked off Buford, York, and Darlington to take home the championship.

As basketball season is winding down we asked Hopkins what his plans were after the Lions' run into the AAA playoffs. "For football I think coach says we're going to participate in Clemson's 7 on 7 tournament and I think we are going to Georgia Tech's too." On the hardwood it'll be a busy summer as well. "I played AAU ball with the PT Cruisers last year but this year I'll be playing with South Carolina Ravens."

Having exploded on the scene this year colleges have made it a point to keep a watchful eye on the 2010 star and one local school leads the charge on the gridiron front. "Clemson is the main school recruiting me for football. I hear from them a lot." In terms of his basketball skills he's heard from a few more elite programs as well. "Right now I'm hearing from Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina for basketball." As of right now Hopkins says he has no offers currently but he's waiting for the first one to come soon hopefully.

The question had to be asked so we posed it to him, does he have a preference between the two sports considering that he's garnering All-State status for both? "Actually I probably prefer basketball." We're sure that things will work out for him on the hardwood but there's always football to fall back on too.

We will keep you up to date with 2010 star DeAndre Hopkins as his recruitment starts to take off. For the very latest and best coverage of South Carolina high school sports coverage and recruiting keep it locked right here with!

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