Pope Gets on the Radar Early

While SI.com was out at the State 7v7 tournament in College Station, TX, we saw quite a few impressive looking prospects. One of them was a player who we could be hearing about for a few more years before he decides where he would like continue his football career at the next level.

Edward Pope, 2012 WR out of Carthage High School is 6-foot-3 and 155 pounds and has all the athletic ability you could want in a receiver.

Now granted he obviously needs to add some more weight, however he will only be a sophomore next season and has a couple more years to grow.

Pope is one of the leaders of his team for Carthage Bulldogs, though he wasn't too happy with his team's play on the first day of the tournament.

"We went 0-3," Pope began. "We had a bad day. We didn't execute right. We could have done better, tomorrow we are going to come out and do way better."

Carthage obviously struggled out there at the tournament today, yet they are the 3A defending state champions from last season. And Pope has the same goal in mind for this upcoming season.

"To repeat State," Pope began. "And have a real good season."

Pope hasn't been getting many looks from anywhere as of right now with him only being a sophomore going into next season. However, one team south of the Oklahoma border has already taken some notice of him.

"Nah not really," Pope stated about receiving any looks from any colleges as of yet. "I got a letter from Texas, but nobody else." Oklahoma may not have sent Pope a letter at this time but Pope states that he has interest in the Sooners.

"Oh yes sir," Pope responded quickly. "I like them."

Pope has seen how the recruiting process works with his older brother being Jason Teague, 2009 CB commitment to LSU. Pope states that big brother also taught him a few key things on the gridiron.

"He taught me a lot," Pope explained. "He taught me how to catch the ball.

One would think with Pope's older brother attending LSU for the next 4 years that LSU would be his favorite. That doesn't seem to be the case with Pope at the moment.

"I like USC," Pope said.

It's not that surprising USC is Pope's favorite as USC is a great number of prospects favorite every year across the country. It is surprising as to why USC is Pope's favorite team.

"I like them because of their safety (Taylor Mays)," Pope explained.

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