Pope setting up officials

When last we spoke with Cathedral (San Diego) HS OL Cody Pope, things were just beginning to pick up for him in regards to recruiting. Now, two games into his season, things are heating up even more for the big man from southern California.

"Things are going really good for my team right now," Pope told Dawgman.com. "We're 2-0 and we have a big game coming up. I'm just enjoying myself and we're ready to keep this thing rolling."

Pope and his teammates next face the La Jolla Vikings in an inter-conference game, but Pope gave a run down of how the first two games for the Cathedral Dons went.

"In our first game (against Steele Canyon) we won 14-10 and the last drive we went 80 yards to win the game," Pope said proudly. "We really started to gel during that drive. In game two (versus Westview) we won 35-14 and we totally dominated that game from the beginning."

In an earlier article, we noted that Pope was planning on playing on offense for the first time in his career and he said the transition has been pretty smooth. "I think I've made the switch real well," Pope said humbly. "You'd have to ask my coach to be sure, but we are really starting to move the ball. We run a Wing-T offense so they ask me to pull all the time. I get a good workout during games.

"I'm playing left guard on offense and right defensive end on defense. I don't know how many yards we have averaged per game, but our running back, Demetrius Sumler, has gone for almost 200 in both games. He's a big-time recruit too."

With his senior season finally underway, Pope has been hearing from several schools along the west coast. He claims offers from Washington, UTEP, Colorado State, Colorado, Washington State, Fresno State and Idaho and he has already set up one official visit.

"On October 7th, I'm heading up to Colorado," Pope said. "Arizona wants me to set up a visit and Washington State wants me to come up there, but I haven't set up anything with either of them yet.

"I'm still open to all the schools I'm hearing from. I got some calls when coaches could start calling me again. I heard from Arizona, Washington State, San Diego State, USC, Colorado, Colorado State – basically all the schools who've been contacting me called.

"Washington hasn't called yet, but that's ok. I get a lot of stuff from them and I like them a lot. They are a good school. I haven't gotten to see them play yet, because I was at the UCLA/San Diego State game the first week and I had my game the same day they played their second game."

Pope gave no timeline of when he plans to make a decision, stating he wants to take all of his visits before he decides where he wants to play his college ball. He also knows there are a few schools who are waiting to see how he plays along the offensive line before they offer him.

Does that bother him? Not in the least, according to Pope.

"I understand why (some schools) haven't offered me yet," Pope said matter-of-factly. "They want to see how I do. That's cool. I don't need to promote myself with my words. I let my play on the field do all my talking."

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