In mid-September, Pope tore his anterior cruciate ligament and has since seen his recruiting interest decline. The Tar Heels' coaching staff has stuck with him through the injury and its rehabilitation, but has been weary of allowing Pope to commit.
The situation has caused Pope to slightly lose interest in UNC, but he realizes that given the circumstances his options are limited.
"It does [hurt their chances] somewhat," explained Pope. "But then again, I don't really have many options. Penn State and Clemson still have the offer on the table, and West Virginia is still talking to me."
Regardless, Pope still considers North Carolina along with Clemson, Penn State and West Virginia his favorites. After meeting with his recruiting coach, Coach Webster, the Scout.com two-star prospect will have a better understanding of where things are going with UNC.