Maryland S/RB now favors UNC

Ever since his camping experience this past summer, Cumberland (Md.) Fort Hill safety/tailback Andre Pope has seen a steady climb in his liking of the Tar Heels.

It started with his appreciation of the North Carolina campus and has seemed to reach its peak with the development of his relationship with the coaching staff.

"UNC is now my leader," stated Pope, who at one point favored Clemson. "Camp went well and they have really been keeping in contact with a lot of phone calls. Coach [James] Webster and [Coach John] Bunting have called me."

In addition to his official visit to North Carolina on December 3rd, Pope, who owns offers from UNC, Penn State, Clemson and Virginia Tech, is looking to set up official visits with the Tigers and Nittany Lions.

Besides dealing with the pressures of recruiting, Pope has had to deal with pressures that have come along with his season-ending knee injury sustained in the first game of his senior season.

"I tore my ACL and tore a muscle from the bottom of my hamstring to my calf," explained Pope. "I will miss football and basketball season, but it hasn't effected recruiting."

With his senior season finished, Pope will end the year with a 25.0-yard average after posting 50 yards on just two carries before suffering his injury.

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