Sherman, Atmosphere Impress Charlotte Star

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In Phillip O. Berry Academy (Charlotte, N.C.) running back/defensive back Germone Hopper , Virginia Tech entertained one of the most dynamic juniors in the state of North Carolina last Saturday. The 6-0, 170-pound speedster, who had previously seen childhood favorite Clemson as well as North Carolina and N.C. State, called the experience in Blacksburg “by far the best” college visit he has had so far.

“It was nice,” Hopper said. “I liked it. I experienced things I hadn’t seen before.”

Though he plays running back and defensive back in high school, Hopper is being recruited by Virginia Tech as a wide receiver. Hokies wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman, who also serves as the Berry Academy junior’s primary recruiter, impressed at the junior day.

“Every college has showed me love, but Coach Sherman showed me a lot of love at the junior day with the way he was breaking down how he would play me and introducing me to players there and to players that had committed to Virginia Tech,” Hopper said. “It was very nice. I just really liked it.”

Berry finished 2010 with an 11-3 overall record, thanks in large part to the versatile Hopper’s playmaking. The standout junior averaged close to nine yards per carry while rushing for 1,359 yards and 18 touchdowns. Also a major threat in the receiving game, Hopper had 39 receptions for 465 yards and five touchdowns.

“Everybody has speed and vision, but it’s Germone’s ability once he has the ball in his hands. He makes defenders miss,” said Berry assistant coach Jonathan Simmons, who also coaches Hopper in track. “It’s sometimes Barry Sanders-esque. That separates him from everybody else.”

All four aforementioned schools have offered Hopper, who also boasts offers from East Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland and Virginia. Visit-wise, Hopper will head to Clemson this weekend, probably will go to Virginia for a junior day on March 19, and hopes to get to Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech this spring for practices. The Charlotte native plans to hit quite a few camps this summer as well.

It’s early and a decision isn’t likely to come soon, but a few schools have caught Hopper’s attention at this