Pitt has had two players in their Class of 2018 de-commit after originally verbaling to them.
It just so happens that both of those players were tight ends (Jay Symonds and Matt Alaimo).
At this point, the only tight end that Pitt appears to be recruiting is Ohio TE/DE Leonard Taylor.
PSN has learned of a highly rated tight end that would have definite interest in talking with the Panthers.
Tyneil Hopper (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) is a 4-star player from Roswell, Georgia. Rivals rates him as one of the Top 20 senior tight ends in the country.
At this point, Hopper is still uncommitted but is talented enough to have earned offers from Kentucky, Wake Forest, Louisville, North Carolina, Illinois, Alabama, Auburn, West Virginia, South Florida and Syracuse.
Crazy to think my senior season is over. Graduating in December check out my final highlights make sure to retweet‼️https://t.co/7gIpkYzAj9
— Tyneil Hopper (@ty_2_fye) November 12, 2017
This morning PSN spoke with Hopper to get an update on his recruitment and his desire to hopefully talk and visit Pitt.
”I was in the process of narrowing down schools before the early signing period but I just felt like I needed more time to make a good decision. I also wanted to see who would communicate and might have interest in me,” said Hopper.
”Right now, I’m talking with a lot of new schools. I have been in contact with Pitt, probably about two weeks ago.”
Hopper tells me that he’s in the process of making a decision on some official visits. I asked him what he believes he’ll bring to whatever school he eventually selects.
”I’ll work as hard as anyone to be the best player I can be. I’m a player that won’t give you any problems or have any issues with. As far as on the field, I’m versatile and can play on the line, in the backfield as an H-Back, you can split me out and do anything you would need me to do. I’m a team player and will do whatever it takes to make the team better,” said Hopper.
Although he admits it’s been a long process because he’s been getting recruited by schools since his sophomore year, Hopper says he’s still enjoying this whole recruiting experience.
As far as Pitt goes, Hopper is hoping and would look forward to having more conversations with them because there’s interest on his part.
”I like that they’re on the ACC and I also know that they use their tight ends a lot. I have spoken with Coach Salem and Coach Conklin before he left,” said Hopper.
”I would love to talk with them more and go visit campus and learn more about them.”