HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes new head football coach Jay Hopson. Director of Athletics Bill McGillis announced the new hire on Twitter Saturday.
McGillis invites USM fans to meet with Hopson on Monday afternoon.
"Looking forward to @USMGoldenEagles fans taking over the Trent Lott Center on Monday! Join us at 1:00 for press conference with @CoachHopson," McGillis tweeted.
Hopson's first act as head coach was to immediately contact recruits before National Signing Day. Several recruits were very excited to hear he was the new leader.
"Congratulations Coach Hopson. Can't wait to work with you. #SMTTT," Andre Halell tweeted.
"Mark my words. Southern Miss will be the 2016 C-USA Champions," tweeted Lorenzo Dantzler.
"Welcome to the family @JayHopson1! I can't wait to get to work with you and win some championships!!!" Wyatt Richthofen tweeted.
Coach Hopson says he is excited to be the head coach of Southern Miss and is humbled by the opportunity.
"There are dream jobs in people's coaching careers and this is certainly a dream job of mine so I am glad to be home."