NU plays one last exhibition before 2013 opener on Aug. 30
2013: Played in all 21 games as a freshman, logging more than 1,000 minutes while making seven starts...Made NCAA debut vs. UC-Santa Barbara (8/30)...Made first NCAA start at No. 13 Penn State (10/27) and finished out the season starting the final seven games...Became a solid anchor on defense and midfield, registering seven shots and four shots on goal.
High School: Three-year Varsity starter,forgoing hissenioryear to play USDA ... LedPriory to their second only State Championship in 2011 with an undefeated record of 27-0 and#13 rank in U.S. by ESPN Rise ... First-Team All-State ... First Team All-Metro (St. Louis), First Team All-League ... ESPN Rise State All-Star ... Team MVP in 2011 ... Scored winning goal in State Championship Game and District Championship game... 19 Goals and 19 assists ... Washonored by theSt. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame and received their "Future Star" award for 2012 (one of 2 recipients)...Top-Drawer Top 150 National Recruit, #4 in Midwest ... Club:Eleven-year member of St. Louis Scott Gallagher ...Three year-player for USSF Development Academy for SLSG Team ... Team Captain for last two years ... USDA Academy Playoff berth for SLSG in 2011 ... Three-year Missouri State Cup winner (2008-2010) ... Regional Champion & National Finalist in 2009 ... Regional finalist in 2008 ... Disney Junior Showcase Gold Medal Winner in 2009.
Personal: Born John Jeffrey Hopson, Jr. ... Son of Jeff and Jane Hopson ... Has an older sister, Lauren, and younger brother, Jack ... Chose Northwestern University over Indiana University, SMUand Princeton ... Attended Northwestern'sCollege Soccer Training Center.
Coach Lenahan: "Jeff was the first of this group to commit to Northwestern back in 2011. He is a great "box to box" midfielder who is tough on the ball and a great connector. He has a good engine and can play centrally, but is versatile enough to play on the flank. We've had a great history of players from St. Louis with David Roth, `08, Geoff Fallon, `09 and Kevin Valenta, '10. Jeff is another good St. Louis player who should have a great career at NU."