Standout WR Has UM Bloodlines

This talented wide receiver prospect has the athletic ability and the bloodlines on his side. He's the younger brother of a current Hurricane who will leave school as one of its best ever.

The younger brother of current University of Miami standout wide receiver Andre Johnson, Miami (Fla) Norland wide receiver Willie Pope proved why he's among the state's top prospects at his position with a strong performance this spring, especially in his jamboree against Northwestern a few weeks ago.

At 6-feet and 165 pounds, Pope isn't built anything like his brother nor does he run as fast, but the playmaking skills are very similar.

"Andre's an All-American and now I want to become an All-American," Pope told me. The talented receiver has played nearly every skilled position on the field.

"I started football when I was 11," he said. "I used to play cornerback, receiver, quarterback, tight end, everything. It was a lot of fun, but now I'm a wide receiver."

With 4.55 speed, Pope doubles in basketball (power forward) and track (200m). Inside the classroom, he carries a 2.3 GPA and has not yet taken the SAT test.

"West Virginia, Michigan State, and UM called," he said. "But I wasn't here to answer them. I'm hardly ever here to take the calls so more might have called too."

Pope said he does not yet have any scholarship offers, and remains wide open with college choices.

"I don't know man, there are a bunch of them I still like," he said. "Some of them, like UM, Michigan State, and West Virginia."

When asked about Miami, Pope said, "they're alright. They called but I wasn't here to talk to them. They're a good school with lots of tradition."

Pope plans on attending a camp at Michigan State on June 25.

"I'm just waiting for the season to start then maybe take some visits and see what happens."

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