Pope commits to Washington

With only Ryan Tolar committed along the offensive line, the Husky coaches have been working hard on some west coast talent to help beef up their offensive line and they received a nice surprise this weekend as Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) OL Cody Pope committed to the Huskies on his official visit weekend.

"As far as I'm concerned I'm committed to Washington," a confident Pope told Dawgman.com. "The visit was excellent. I really enjoyed my time up there and so did both of my parents."

Pope was being courted by schools like Tennessee, California, Washington State, Arizona, Colorado, UNLV and San Diego state among others and claimed 13 offers, but the Washington offer was just too good to pass up.

"My dad said that if I Washington didn't get me that they certainly had him," Pope said with a chuckle. "My mom really loved coach (Willingham) too, but she liked Isaiah Stanback more than anyone.

"(Stanback) told her about his life and where he's come from and how great the staff is. She just really loved the area, the school, the staff and the people. We all loved it."

During his visit Pope was hosted by Ryan Bush and the two got along really well. Also, Pope said he got to know both the Huskies offensive line coach (Mike Denbrock) and defensive line coach (Randy Hart) on his visit.

"They've told me I can play anywhere along the line because I'm that versatile," Pope said. "Their defensive line coach even said that if things don't work out over there, he can sure use me on the other side of the ball."

Pope has had a visit scheduled to visit Knoxville, Tennessee to check out the Volunteers on January 13th and even though he is committed to Washington he still plans on making that visit.

"I'm still very confident I know where I'm going to go, but I've had this trip planned for a while and my parents have already purchased their tickets and they didn't want to cancel them for anything," Pope said. "It's nice because I can compare the two of the schools and really know I made the best decision for me.

"I talked to coach Willingham about it and he said he is confident in their standing with me and so he said he has no problem with me taking the visit."

A visit to Utah in November was Pope's first official visit and he said that Utah and Washington had some similarities but some big differences as well.

"The Utah program is very family oriented, but since I'm not in their family I just didn't feel as comfortable as I did with the Washington players," Pope said. "(The Washington staff and players) came up to me and said ‘You're Cody Pope aren't you?' and 'I know you're a vegetarian' and 'I've seen a lot of film on you' and stuff like that. I just felt much more comfortable around the Washington people."

With his commitment, Pope becomes the 15th player to commit to the University of Washington for the 2006 recruiting class.

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