Mizzou Tigers football team lands commitment from Florida Gators transfer linebacker

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The Missouri Tigers have landed another impact player through the transfer portal.

Former Florida linebacker Ty’Ron Hopper announced his commitment to Mizzou on Thursday. A former four-star recruit, Hopper is the cousin of UNC transfer Tyrone Hopper, who committed to the Tigers earlier this month.

Hopper should provide crucial help for Missouri’s pass rush — his Pro Football Focus grade of 75.3 in that category is better than all but one player who was on the MU roster last year. Hopper had 65 combined tackles (34 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two pass deflections and one forced fumble for the Gators in 2021, according to his roster page.

His best game last season just so happened to come against Mizzou. He recorded 15 combined tackles, four for losses — including a sack for a loss of 11 yards.

Out of high school in 2019, Hopper was rated as a top-100 player and the fourth-best outside linebacker in the country, according to the 247 Sports Composite. He emerged in his redshirt sophomore season last year and figures to play a key role for Missouri’s defense this fall.

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