Pope Has Early Leader

Collins, Mississippi native Deion Pope was considered one of the top defensive line prospects in his senior class. Now preparing for his sophomore campaign at Co-Lin, Pope is beginning to generate the type of recruiting interest he always expected. With one SEC offer in hand and more expected to follow, Pope is on his way to where he always wanted to be.

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"I have heard some from Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State so far," Pope explained. "Mississippi State has already offered me and I was excited about that."

Pope reports that the Bulldogs have been a long time favorite of his long before Dan Mullen and his staff extended a scholarship offer.

"I think Mississippi State is one of the best teams in the country," Pope said. "I have always liked them and I thought they had a great season. I enjoyed seeing all of the things they did this year and they made it up to #1."

While Pope holds an offer to join the Bulldog roster, he has not yet been persuaded to make the call to join the Maroon and White.

"I really like Mississippi State, but they haven't said anything about me committing yet," said Pope. "I am just going to see how things go and I am going to stay in touch with them until I am ready to make a decision."

Collins 2015 graduate Mark McLaurin is set to sign with the Bulldogs next month. Pope reports that the idea of reuniting with his former teammate is intriguing.

"It would be great to play with Mark again," Pope said. "If we meet up again and play together at Mississippi State, things will be clicking like it was before. We would just be rolling together again like we used to back in high school."

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