Hopper Reflects on VT Official Visit

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More than a month after leading Seventy-First (Fayetteville, N.C.) to a state championship victory, cornerback recruit James Hopper made an official visit to the school where he will spend the next four or five years of his life. The 5-10, 180-pound prospect made an official visit to Virginia Tech last weekend and enjoyed a preview of things to come.

“Everything went fine,” Hopper said of the official visit experience. “The coaches treated me right. The players treated me right. I basically knew everything about Virginia Tech before, but I wanted to see it for myself. I wanted to see the dorm rooms and get to know the coaches better. It was everything I expected.”

Hopper’s host was fellow Fayetteville native Lorenzo Williams, who shared his freshman experience.

“He said it was pretty fun,” Hopper said. “He told me about practice. He said everything was pretty fun. We just hung around the dorms and talked and laughed. We went out and had a good time.”

Hopper’s experience with the coaches was not football intensive, but it was positive all the same.

“It wasn’t about football,” Hopper said. “They were talking about a lot of different things with me. I had good conversations. I like how they run the program and how they treat the players.”

Over the weekend, Hopper also got to know Tariq and Tyrell Edwards.

“I mostly hung out with them,” said Hopper when asked if he spent time with other Virginia Tech commitments last weekend. “They were tight. They were cool.”

Virginia Tech is recruiting Hopper as a cornerback, but the Tar Heel state standout excelled at running back his senior season. He rushed for over 1,000 yards and 25 scores, including 192 yards rushing and four touchdowns in the 4-A state championship victory over Douglas Byrd.

Hopper, who is working with a personal trainer and lifting weights right now, plans to run track this spring. He plans to arrive in Blacksburg in the summer. In his senior season.

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