Pope lists Heels among favorites

Cumberland (Md.) Fort Hill safety/running back Andre Pope recently declared Clemson as his early leader. However, the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder assures that the Tigers shouldn't claim him just yet.

The gap between his leader and each of his favorites is minuscule, especially the gap between the Tigers and the Tar Heels.

"I mean my feelings for the Tar Heels are strong, they're right there with Clemson," remarked Pope, who also lists Maryland, Penn State, and Virginia Tech. "When I went to camp, they made me feel like I was at home. And they were talking about every playing time as a nickel back or even as a strong safety."

Given his junior season defensive statistics, Pope looks to be ready to step right in on the college level. He picked off seven interceptions – returning one for a touchdown – forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and recorded 24 solo tackles. From his running back position he carried the ball 98 times for 1,145 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Pope, who was offered by the Tar Heels after his performance at their summer camp, claims offers from each of his favorites with the exception of in-state school Maryland. He currently plans to put recruiting on hold for the next month or so and concentrate on his senior season.

Inside Carolina Top Stories