Arizona Western's Pope is a big-time defender

One player who is expected to make a huge splash this fall in the JC ranks is Arizona Western S Karl Pope (6-2, 215). He's big and fast and he's ready to show schools across the country what he can do in the deep patrol. was able to catch up with the lockdown safety and he talked about his season and what brought him out west from Washington, D.C.

"I signed with Temple out of high school," Pope said. "It was pretty close to home and I felt comfortable there, but I didn't qualify so the coaches there placed me here."

As a freshman at Arizona Western, Pope tallied 43 stops and one interception.

"A lot of schools didn't throw to the side I was on," Pope lamented. "I guess I should be flattered, but it was frustrating."

Pope uses his 4.5 speed to be a good center-field safety that can cover a lot of ground and be a ballhawk when it's a jump ball.

"I can usually go up and get it pretty good," Pope said. "I'm physical, but I'm probably better in coverage. I think I can do it all."

On the recruiting front, Pope is currently hearing from Deleware and Deleware State, but he said some other schools are coming to his school this spring.

"My coaches are expecting quite a few to come out and see us during our spring practices so it's still early," Pope said. "Location is big for me. I want my family to see me play, but I don't mean the family I grew up with. I have a little girl on the way and my girlfriend lives out here so I want them to be able to see me.

"I also need to feel comfortable with the coaches and know that they get players to the next level. I think I can play with anyone, so I want to go to a school that produces the best talent and I want to be around a coaching staff that has longevity and will there for a while."

Pope wants to major in Psychology and will have three years to play two once he graduates in December.

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