2017-04-21 / Sports

Gaffney standout transfers to Georgia High School

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

Gaffney High sophomore cornerback Ty’ron Hopper won’t be suiting up for the Indians next season.

Gaffney coach Dan Jones confirmed Thursday that the talented Hopper has transferred to football power Roswell High School in Georgia.

Roswell lost the Class 7A state championship in OT this season.

Hopper is apparently staying with his uncle in the Atlanta suburb.

Jones did acknowledge there is a chance that Hopper could return to Gaffney and that he has yet to officially complete all the paperwork.

However, Hopper’s loss would be huge, Jones said.

“He has a Division I offer from a SEC and ACC school and he’s only a sophomore,” the Gaffney coach said.

South Carolina offered the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder last month. He also has an offer from ACC’s Wake Forest.

Hopper is also receiving interest from Appalachian State, Clemson, East Carolina, N.C. State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Hopper had 53 tackles, three tackles for losses, seven pass breakups, two interceptions and a blocked punt this season.

He also earned all-region honors this season.

After starting at linebacker as a ninth-grader, Hopper was moved to cornerback for his first year on the varsity.

He comes from athletic bloodlines. A cousin plays at North Carolina, while another cousin, Norris, played professional baseball.

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