Transfer Tracker: Hopper joins cousin at Missouri
Mark Pszonak contributed to this report.
The transfer portal never stops grinding. Once he officially became available, the rumors quickly surfaced that Florida transfer linebacker Ty'ron Hopper would be joining his cousin, Tyrone Hopper, at Missouri. On Thursday that became a reality as the cousins had both transferred to Columbia.
Recruiting: Hopper took his first visit to Gainesville in April after his junior season, which led to his commitment to Florida later that month on his birthday. South Carolina and Miami were also seriously considered until his visit to Gainesville.
At Florida: After totaling 15 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss during his first two seasons at Florida, Hopper took his game to the next level in 2021 with 62 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks.
Farrell’s Take: Hopper was a super talented undersized linebacker out of high school who emerged last season as one of the best defenders on the Gators team. He's a very sure tackler in space, he diagnoses plays well and he can get into the backfield. He's also improving in coverage. His ability was reflected out of high school as a Top 50 kid and Missouri is getting a very good athlete here and the double dip with his cousin.
Impact Meter: 8.2 out of 10
The Transfer Portal continues to change the way college football programs recruit and manage their rosters so we here at Rivals.com continue to evolve our coverage. Each time a player of note enters the portal, we will examine their potential impact on the college football landscape and assign an impact rating, both when they enter the portal and when they choose a destination. The scale is from 1-10 and the description below explains the scoring scale.
1.1-4.0 — Not a big impact expected, likely a non-starter and down the bench depth player.
4.1- 6.0 — A solid impact can be expected in the right scenario and has the potential to battle for a starting job.
6.1-9.0. — A high impact player who won’t change a program but will certainly be a very good contributor and starter.
9.1- 9.9 — A very high impact player who should start the moment he steps on the field and will change the outlook of a program immediately.
10 — A franchise transfer who has a chance to be an All American and one of the elite players in college football.