T.L. Hanna High School senior linebacker Jake Nicolopulos suffered a stroke Wednesday morning and was in critical but stable condition, his coach said.
Hanna football coach Kenya Fouch, who visited Nicolopulos at AnMed Health Medical Center, said doctors expect to give Nicolopulos an MRI to determine the cause of the stroke.
"Right now there aren't many answers," Fouch said Wednesday afternoon. "Everybody's trying to find out what happened."
Fouch said Nicolopulos suffered the stroke at home, but his parents didn't realize the severity of it until an ambulance took him to the hospital.
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Fouch said Nicolopulos leaned over on a couch at home but wasn't able to respond to his father, who asked him if he felt OK.
MRI results are expected today, the coach said.
"It's basically torture for (the family)," Fouch said. "Twenty-four hours must feel like two years."
Fouch said Nicolopulos had a lot of family at the hospital, and several Hanna students and teammates requested to leave school to visit him.
Nicolopolus verbally committed to Clemson in February.
This is the latest of several medical problems for Nicolopulos, Hanna's leading tackler in 2007 and '08. He has battled the H1N1 flu, a kidney ailment, a sciatic nerve problem and a foot injury. Those ailments caused Nicolopulos to miss all or parts of eight games for Hanna this season.
Fouch said Nicolopulos had been excited to attend the football team's banquet Wednesday evening, and there was a scheduled recruiting visit from Clemson assistant coach Brad Scott.
The emergency caused Hanna to postpone its football banquet.
Nicolopulos committed to Clemson after he received offers from the California, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.