Pope Visits Vols

West met South over the weekend when four-star offensive lineman Cody Pope of San Diego took his official visit to Tennessee, and enjoyed what he experienced.

"I liked it a lot," said Pope, who made the visit with his parents. "It was a good time. They showed me all the good qualities of the school and the football program. I liked the town of Knoxville and everything I saw on the visit."

Eric Ainge, an Oregon native, served as Pope's host and filled him in on the adjustments a west coast kid has to make to climate and culture. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman, who is ranked No. 44 among the 2006 crop of O-linemen, believes he saw enough to make his decision.

"I think I can make my decision based on what on what I've seen already," he stated. "I might take another visit, I really doubt it. Right now I think I'll be able to make up my mind in the next week or two. If I take another visit it would probably be to San Diego State because it's right down the street. I've got two official visits left to take if I want to."

Cody Pope was a two-way star at Cathedral Catholic High School which qualified for the playoffs with an 8-3 mark. He recorded 75 pancake blocks as a senior and added 78 tackles with nine sacks, four forced fumbles and two recoveries on defense. He could play either side of the ball in college.

He also had an outstanding showing at the Combine in Los Angeles with a 5.04 clocking in the 40, a 27-inch vertical and a 4.69 time in the short shuttle. He benches 320, power cleans 275 and scored a 1460 on his SAT.

He was offered by California, San Diego State and Colorado among other colleges. He made an official visit to Utah in November and to Washington last week. During that visit he committed to the Huskies staff, but decided to take his trip to Tennessee just the same. Now he is left with a more difficult decision.

"Oh, Tennessee is right there at the top right now with my other leader," he said. "I think right now it's between Tennessee and Washington."

This one is shaping up as a real dog fight between the Huskies and Smokey.

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