A decision is coming soon for Mark Pope. The top 2018 receiver from Miami Southridge made his first trip to Florida last Friday and revealed that two schools are standing out: Alabama and Florida.
"[I like] the offense they run, their players, the facility, I like everything about Florida," he said. "I like everything about Alabama too. It's tough."
According to Pope, he "loved" his first trip to Gainesville last week: "I love the Florida campus," he said. "The [UF] coaches have been talking to me on how they want me to come here."
The 6-foot, 160-pounder added that he has a close bond with UF wide receiver coach, Kerry Dixon, however, Dixon is not the only one showing him attention from Florida. Pope has talked to two other South Florida natives, current Gators Antonio Callaway and C.J. Worton.
Worton is "talking to me. Antonio Callaway – he isn't here - but he’s talking to me too. He’s telling me it’s a good place to be. He’s been telling me ‘It’s going to be big for you coming in as a freshman,'” said Pope.
Miami Southridge is also the home of Florida four-star pledge, Kemore Gamble, who has also been in Pope's ear. "That is like a brother to me," he said. "He is coming here for sure, and coming here with him would be very fun."
Although Florida has clearly stepped things up, there is one school still with a slight edge.
Pope hopes to make a decision "sometime this summer."