Hopper to Land at Tech Early?

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A scheduling conflict almost caused James Hopper to miss Virginia Tech’s senior camp in June. Fortunately for the Seventy-First (Fayetteville, N.C.) star, he was able to make the camp and turned in an offer-earning performance. The 5-10, 180-pound prospect recalled the camp expereince and his subsequent commitment to Virginia Tech.

“At first, I had to take the SAT on the day of the camp,” Hopper said. “I talked to my mom about changing it. She bargained with me and I was able to go. I performed and got the scholarship. I’m glad I changed the SAT date. Virginia Tech is a big-time school that puts people in the NFL. It is a program that makes people better.”

Hopper, who remains very solid in his commitment (especially after putting Virginia Tech decals on his car recently, he joked), hopes to arrive in Blacksburg as soon as possible.

“I’m really excited,” Hopper said of his commitment to the Hokies. “I’m trying to graduate early and go in January so I can get a head start. I’ve talked to Coach Wiles and he is helping me out and talking to the counselors at Virginia Tech. Hopefully, things work out.”

Hopper’s excellent speed and athleticism were on display at Tech’s camp, as the Tar Heel state star posted a 4.39 in the 40 and a 39-inch vertical leap. His speed and athleticism certainly should translate well to the cornerback position – the position Virginia Tech is recruiting him to play – but right now he is adjusting to his future spot after playing safety last season as a junior.

“The difficult part of playing cornerback is reading the run and having a receiver on top of you,” said Hopper who will be a starting cornerback and running back in his senior season. “At safety, I could strictly read the quarterback and backpedal. But, right now, I think I have the confidence I need to play cornerback. I’ve really worked at it.

“Over this year, I think I really improved in my cover skills at corner. I’ve been working on my corner skills all summer. We scrimmaged against Rocky Mount this year. That was where [Virginia

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