Talking With Class Of 2019 Naperville Central's Jack Jopes Underrated Defensive Back In Illinois
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Jack Jopes Class of 2019 DB 5'10 160 Naperville Central
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Jack Jopes is one of the smartest DBs in the state of Illinois for this coming senior class. Has one of the fastest reaction times for safety, and reads his assignments very well. Very underrated, and a kid you should look out for this summer on the recruiting trail.
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Jack Jopes what schools have you been talking to?
Princeton and Yale are two schools I’ve been talking to a lot lately.
How have you been improving yourself in the offseason to ready yourself for the upcoming season?
I have been lifting 3 times a week with my teammates, as well as doing 7 on 7 twice a week In the morning to start building a connection with the rest of the defense. Before baseball season started, I also used to lift and do speed training at fitspeed 4 times a week.
Favorite memory from last season?
Beating Wheaton North to secure a conference championship. The atmosphere with our fans was crazy, and going out as the last DVC champions is something pretty cool.
Game you are looking most forward to this season?
Week 1 against Hinsdale Central. I’m looking forward to getting back out on the field and starting off another season 1-0.
What do you like about playing defensive back?
I like being the last line of defense. If it is a blown play and someone else misses a tackle, the defensive backs are always the last line of defense to stop a touchdown so you get to make a lot of influential plays even when it is not an interception or fumble.
Toughest group of WRs you faced?
Our own group of receivers from last year. Jayden Reed, Tommy Coyne, Ethan Allguaer, Jared Suchevits, Riley Keltner, and Cade Mcdonald. Going against them every single day was certainly a challenge that helped the defense get better over the course of the season.
What goal do you have for yourself this season?
To go out on top and win a state championship. If the team is doing well then that means every piece of the puzzle will be working so I think that will help me achieve personal goals such as getting all conference again and hopefully all state.
This is your senior season, What does that mean to you?
It is the last time I’ll ever put on the Naperville Central red and white. It means putting everything I have into the season and doing everything I can to ensure my team goes out as champions.
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