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Scout 300 WR Mark Pope Is Staying Home, Teams up With Miami

Scout 300 receiver and Miami-Dade native, Mark Pope, is staying put in South Florida to play for the Miami Hurricanes.

Mark Pope, one of the nation's can't-miss prospects at the wide receiver position, just teamed up with hometown Miami (Fl) after strongly considering additional offers from Florida and Alabama.

A four-star prospect at talent-loaded Miami Southridge, Pope is a hot commodity on the recruiting scene who is labeled as the nation's 282nd-ranked player overall on Scout.

"I just did it because my family is close to home and I'm trying to put my hometown back on top," Pope said. "I just want to make Miami better. I'm also going to go in there and play with some of the guys I played with from pop warner.

"I'm trying to get my degree, and the academic program is great there. I just like everything about Miami."

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Pope, who holds roughly 20 offers overall, says coach Mark Richt and wide receivers coach Ron Dugans were the ones on the receiving end of the pleasant news.

"They were happy and couldn't stop screaming," Pope said. "They couldn't stop laughing and were all very excited."

Pope is a bouncy athlete who makes things look effortless when releasing off the line of scrimmage. He is a crisp route runner who does a nice job of breaking off defenders to get separation, but needs to continue to get bigger and stronger moving forward.

Pope is a headache to contain with his ability to work underneath and in space. This is a kid who looks improved each time we lay eyes on him, so kudos to the 'Canes for sealing the deal here.

"Going in, I'm going to be a hard worker," Pope said. "I'm going to try to break some records."

Pope's former high school and 7v7 coach with the Florida Fire, David Cooney, is also a member of Miami's football support staff, so that played a pivotal role as well. 

AuburnGeorgiaTennesseeUCLALSUMississippi and West Virginia are some of the additional offers on the table for the 6-foot, 160-pound Pope.

With Pope's commitment, Miami checks in with the top-ranked 2018 recruiting class with 14 prospects on board.

Stay tuned to Scout for the latest developments in Pope's recruitment.


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