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Clemson recruit still in serious condition

Hanna High linebacker Jake Nicolopulos remained in serious condition Friday following Thursday's surgery at AnMed Health Medical Center, Yellow Jackets coach Kenya Fouch said.

Nicolopulos suffered a stroke Wednesday morning. After being admitted into AnMed Wednesday morning, he was slated to fly to Charleston for surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina that night.

After those plans were aborted due to high winds, the surgery was performed in Anderson. He is listed in serious condition.

"There was swelling on the brain, so they did surgery to relieve some of the pressure," Fouch said. "That went well so they were very pleased with the outcome of that. They haven't had to do anymore since then."

His stroke and surgery have been a shock to the administration, teachers and students at Hanna, according to Fouch, who says his condition remains on the minds of everyone.

Nicolopulos led the Yellow Jackets in tackles in both 2007 and 2008, then committed to Clemson in February.

"Everyone is just waiting and praying," Fouch said. "As far as school is concerned, he is very well liked by all the teachers. He has tons and tons of friends. He is really one of the most popular kids in the school.

"When you throw on top of that the football stuff and the Clemson stuff, and it is kind of a downer for everybody."

Fouch said family members have had the opportunity to visit with Nicolopulos briefly.

"There have been times when his parents, sister and girlfriend have been allowed to go in," Fouch said. "He has been able to squeeze their hands and kind of follow them with his eyes. He knows they have been in there, so that kind of stuff has been promising."

A Facebook group named Pray for Jake Nicolopulos has been created. More than 3,900 people have joined the group.

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