Pope Holds Two Offers, Looking For More

Sylacauga standout QB Kelsey Pope talks about his recent camp experience at Auburn.

Sylacauga, Ala.--For Kelsey Pope the decision to attend Auburn's Senior Football Camp was an easy one even though he wasn't going to work out at his regular position.

A standout quarterback for the Aggies since his sophomore season, the 6-1, 185 Pope worked out as a safety on Saturday and was impressive despite rarely playing the spot in high school.

Checking in at 6-0, 180, Pope ran times in the 4.7 range on a slow surface, but had a solid shuttle time of 4.32 seconds to show his quickness and change of direction. He also added a vertical leap of 33 inches. While still feeling his way around the position, Pope says he enjoyed the chance to get some work at safety.

"It was kind of hard at first because I really haven't had any reps at defensive back," Pope tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I was able to adjust by the end of the day. I feel like I had a good day overall.

"It was the best camp I've been to," he adds. "I have been to several this summer and by far it had the most talent and competition."

One of the reasons Pope says he enjoyed the camp so much was because of the opportunity to work with Auburn secondary Coach Tommy Thigpen. Also the recruiting coach for Auburn that covers Sylacauga, Pope notes he likes the way Thigpen does things.

"I like him a lot," Pope says. "The coverages we ran when we were in 7-on-7 were real good. They allowed me to read things and made it easy for him. It was a good transition. He's just real cool and a down to earth person."

As a junior Pope carried the ball 145 times for 956 yards and scored 13 touchdowns from the quarterback position. He also completed 44-84 passes for 558 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Throw in the fact that he has a 3.4 GPA and recently scored a 22 on the ACT and it's no surprise he's hearing from several schools.

"I'm hearing from Memphis, Navy, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State, Georgia Tech and hopefully Auburn after this," Pope says. "I have offers from Louisiana Tech and Arkansas State. They are offering me as a receiver and a safety."


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