Since he started following college football, Thomas Jarrett Hopple has rooted for Clemson. He now has a new favorite school. The Nansemond River (Suffolk, VA) junior offensive tackle verbally committed to Virginia Tech this past Saturday, while in Blacksburg on an unofficial visit.
“I went up to a Junior Day (at Virginia Tech) in the beginning of February and I went up there [this past Saturday],” Hopple said. “Since I took my [February] visit, I’ve been thinking about [committing]. I’ve been talking to my parents and coaches about it. It’s a gut feeling. I love Virginia Tech. I love the area. All-around, I like everything about it.”
Hopple was pursued by several ACC schools in addition to Virginia Tech. Virginia, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest offered the 6’6”, 280-pound junior, who also had offers from Marshall and James Madison.
“It was enjoyable,” Hopple said of the recruiting process. “I enjoyed getting these opportunities, but I just felt more at home at Virginia Tech.”
Hokies offensive line coach Stacy Searels and primary recruiter Bryan Stinespring impressed the in-state lineman.
“Coach Searels is cool,” Hopple said. “We seem to get along well. We like the same things, like hunting, fishing, football. Coach Stinespring… I like him, too. He’s cool.”
In Hopple, the Hokies land a prospect rated on the 3-star level by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com. Hopple dressed on the varsity level his freshman year before earning a starting role as a sophomore. As a junior, the standout offensive tackle earned first-team all-Ironclad Conference and second-team all-Tidewater honors.
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