Florida and Alabama among teams fighting for 2018 Scout 300 wide receiver Mark Pope

Mark Pope visited Florida over the weekend. The four-star 2018 wide receiver discusses his visit and where things stand in his recruitment and Alabama.

Mark Pope has put the brakes on his recruitment. The four-star wide receiver was planning to announce his decision this past summer, however, decided to wait until next spring. In order for the 2018 playmaker to make a sound decision, Pope has started to take a few visits this fall. On Saturday the South Florida native made a trip to Gainesville to see the Florida Gators in action. 

"I loved it," said Pope about the atmosphere at The Swamp. "The fans, the coaching and the players [all stood out.]" 

The Gators beat North Texas 32-0 and Pope was impressed at how the wide receivers were managed by the coaches. 

"I was watching what the receivers were going to do; how the receivers play, and they played really good today [Saturday]."

 According to Pope, playing time is one factor he will take into consideration when he makes his decision. In Florida's win over the Mean Green, he took note at how many times true freshmen wide outs, Freddie Swain and Joshua Hammond, took the field. 

"Seeing them they have a lot of playing time being a freshman and Antonio Callaway as a freshman as well," he said. "So to me I think I got the talent to come in and come in and play." 

Wide receiver coach Kerry Dixon and linebackers coach Randy Shannon have both taken a role in Pope's recruitment for Florida. 

"They tell me the like me. I can come in and play and fight for a starting position." 

The Gators also have some reinforcement. His Miami Southridge teammates, Shawn Davis and Kemore Gamble, are committed to Florida and continue to recruit Pope to join them in Gainesville. 

"They are telling me to play on the same team," he said. "They are like brothers to me. Going against Shawn at practice, we get each other better and then playing on the same side as Kemore... why not play with my brothers again.

"They are in my ear a lot," he added, 


Florida isn't Pope's only suitor. Alabama continues to rank high on his list. 

"What I like about Alabama is how they treat their receivers," he said. "[I like] The coaching, the discipline, the plays they run, it's everything. I just grew up liking them; that was my favorite team growing up." 

Miami (Fl) has also shown more interest in the Scout 300 wide receiver in recent months, however, Pope is not ready to name a leader. 

"It's everything just opened up right now. It's getting kind of hard," he said. "Florida and Alabama are high up there." 


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