Pope talks early recruiting

Last year, Ventura College put up an 8-3 record behind a standout defense. The Pirate offense struggled to generate yards and points, but the hope is they will be more explosive this coming fall. Helping lead the way is WR Tim Pope (6-3. 213) who is a playmaker out wide. JCFootball.com caught up with Pope recently and he updated us on recruiting as well as his offseason priorities.

"Like everyone, I'm working on getting bigger, stronger and faster," Pope told JCFootball.com recently. "I'm also taking a lot of summer courses this year so I can get ahead of my schoolwork so I can finish up in December."

Pope prepped at Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia where he enjoyed a stellar career on the gridiron. After he didn't qualify for a D-1 scholarship he had planned to head up to Virginia to attend Hargrave Military Academy, but things didn't work out.

"It was just too expensive," Pope admitted. "I wanted to go there bad, but it didn't work out, so I started looking at JCs and Ventura was the best fit for me because of the coaches and just the environment.

"Getting used to the west coast has been pretty easy. I'm having fun and I really feel like the people and the culture fits me well."

As a freshman for the Pirates, Pope managed just four receptions for 45 yards and one touchdown, but he's getting set for a big 2008 season.

"We are going to be more explosive things year," Pope noted. "I'm a possession guy and I like to work the middle of the field, but I can play outside too. I feel like I can do anything a team wants me to do in their system and I'm a team player so it doesn't matter if I'm out wide or in the slot."

On the recruiting front, he's been hearing from quite a few four-year programs.

"Right now, Oregon State, Boise State, LSU, Akron and Kentucky are the main ones recruiting me," Pope said. "I haven't gotten any phone calls yet, but they've been sending me a lot of letters and they were out to check out our practices and they seemed to like me a lot when they talked to my coaches."

Pope has a 3.6 GPA and, as mentioned above, he will graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two after the conclusion of the season.

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