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ABC27 Scholar Athlete of the Week: Thomas County Central's Brandon Hopper

Posted at 12:02 AM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 00:02:02-05

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) - Thomas County Central senior Brandon Hopper knows nothing but how to stay busy.

"There was a little time in November where Cross Country ended and I didn't have anything, it was weird going home after school," he laughed.

Hopperwouldn't have it any other way. Baseball, cross country, track, golf - he's done it all, and right now, the focus is on taking this Yellow Jacket golf team to State.

"Past few years we've had people qualify individually, but we really want to go as a team this year," he said.

"They're doing everything it takes to get to that goal," said head coach Dontavis Sapp of the senior leadership. "They're constantly trying to get better and critiquing each other. It's really senior led. I can sit back and let the seniors do their thing and take over and everybody listens to them."

They're listening to Hopper on the course and in the classroom. He has a 4.41 GPA and is ranked 4th in his senior class.

"Being involved with sports my whole life for sure has helped me with schooling, wanting to get stuff done, wanting to do good," he said. "It's for sure pushed me to make sure I do good in school as well."

"When you have a guy that has a 4.4 GPA and is ranked 4th in his class, that tells you everything you need to know about a kid," added Sapp.

Everything you need to know is that right now Hopper is focused on making sure his senior season is one to remember.

"Going into my senior year, a lot of me was ready to move on to college after cross country ended, I realized this is really it," he said. "I'm trying my best to make sure I leave a mark, and I hope I leave a good legacy for the people behind me."

A legacy that lasts year round, no matter what sport he's playing.