Trojan running back Hopkins signs to play with Bethel

Monday, February 6, 2017
Trojan football senior Cam’Ron Hopkins (center) will continue his football career at the next level as a Bethel University Wildcat after signing with the college on Saturday. Witnessing the signing were (front, from left) DHS head coach Bart Stowe, father Wayne Taylor, Taylor, mother Leah Mann, sister Lovely Mann, brother DeShannon Davis, nephew Rodrekies Bennett Jr.; (back, from left) DHS assistant coach Zane Mathis, grandmother Jean Marlow, brother DeShaun Davis, DHS assistant coach Bill Bona, brother Xavier Taylor, DHS assistant coach Jerome Agnew, Mark Thompson, Bethel assistant coach Brandon Corbin, brother DeLeon Hopkins and brother Rodrekies Bennett Sr.

JASON PEEVYHOUSE

jpeevyhouse@stategazette.com

A big week for the Dyersburg High School football team’s backfield came to a close on Saturday afternoon as running back Cam’Ron Hopkins became the second member of the backfield to sign to play at the college level, signing scholarship papers with Bethel University in McKenzie.

“They have been recruiting me for a long time,” Hopkins said of signing with the Wildcats. “I just feel at home at Bethel.”

Hopkins was quick to point to the atmosphere he saw at the NAIA school in McKenzie as the deciding factor for choosing to become a Wildcat next season.

“I feel like I fit in at Bethel,” Hopkins said. “It feels like a home to me.”

Hopkins said he plans to major in physical education and special education during his time at Bethel.

“Cam’Ron had a great senior year for us,” Dyersburg head coach Bart Stowe said. “We’re extremely excited for him.

“It’s one of his dreams to play college football. He’s worked at it and has got the opportunity to do it and I know he’ll do great things.”

Hopkins was a two-year starter on offense and also played outside linebacker this past season for the Trojans.

“He had a real good senior season for us offensively,” Stowe added. “He played fullback and halfback position offensively and he played some outside linebacker, too.”

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