LB Ty’Ron Hopper transferred to Missouri

Linebacker Ty’Ron Hopper is leaving the University of Florida for another SEC East program. He will play for the Missouri Tigers in the future, according to On3’s Matt Zenitz.

Hopper’s name re-entered the transfer portal on Monday after a short and odd stint the previous week. The rising red-shirted junior never intended to remove his name from the gate initially, according to his uncle, who claims the removal was made without permission.

Missouri was an early favorite to land the former Gator with Auburn. The Tigers who wear black and gold came out on top and expect Hopper to arrive on campus in the coming days.

Hopper was expected to be a major defenseman for Florida in 2022 after a breakout season. Mohamoud Diabate also left through the transfer portal, making room for Hopper alongside sixth-year senior Ventrell Miller. Instead, he will join his cousin, Tyrone Hopper, in Missouri.

The Gators will likely look to second redshirt student Derek Wingo to step up the linebacker rotation behind Miller. David Reese and Diwun Black provide some depth to the job, and Napier signed four-star Shemar James as part of the latest recruiting class.

In 2021, Hopper had 65 tackles (34 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two pass deflections and a forced fumble. Missouri will be in Gainesville next season on October 8 to face Florida.

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