Family ties made his choice easy

Making the easy decision to join his brother and uncle in Tuscaloosa, Roshawn Pope announced today his decision to play college football for Alabama.

Pope ended the recruiting process Tuesday evening, following an in-home visit by the Oklahoma State coaches.

Pope had taken official visits to Alabama, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Houston. But in the end his choice came down to Alabama and OSU.

In assessing the various schools he visited, Pope said, "Alabama was the best."

Pope's brother is also committed to the Tide, though Derrick made his decision known much earlier in the process. During their official visit this past weekend, older brother promised that Roshawn would be coming with him to Tuscaloosa.

A talented athlete capable of playing several positions, Pope says he will start off at wide receiver for Alabama.

Derrick is transferring in from junior college and will have two seasons to compete at linebacker for Alabama. Roshawn is entering The University out of high school, so he will have four years of eligibility left.

Seen as having equal potential at either wide receiver or cornerback, Pope says he will begin on offense. "My uncle Kenith will be my position coach," he said. "That's a positive."

"I was thinking about redshirting my freshman year, but the (Alabama coaches) don't want me to."

Kenith Pope coaches wide receivers for Alabama, and the Oklahoma graduate also holds the title of Assistant Head Coach for the Tide.

In his role as an option quarterback, Pope accounted for more than 1,250 yards rushing his senior year of high school. He also was effective returning kickoffs and punts.

EDITOR'S NOTE: At this point in the process, Pope is not yet eligible. He will likely delay his entry into The University until January of 2003, working on his academics. That would permit Pope to take part in winter workouts and spring drills, while Alabama would be able to count his scholarship against next season's numbers.

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