Pope's Official Visit Postponed

While most of the scheduled visitors found their ways to Chapel Hill this past weekend, Cumberland (Md.) Fort Hill tailback/safety Andre Pope stayed home. Still dealing with doubts created by his recent injury, the 6-foot-1, 203-pounder figures to sort his situation out with the Tar Heels' coaching staff in the coming weeks.

"I sure didn't [visit]," remarked Pope. "They kind of have me on hold because of my injury. So the visit fell through, but they said they want to reschedule. I don't know if they didn't think I would be able to take the visit or what. Coach [James] Webster is supposed to come around my way next week and discuss more about it."

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.

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