Fort Hill DB Taking It Slow

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Fort Hill High School (Cumberland, MD) defensive back Andre Pope appears to have put his recruiting process on hold until the end of his senior season.

“He has not made any decisions,” Fort Hill Head Coach Barry Lattimer said. “He’s not going to decide anything until his season is over. He wants to concentrate on his season and doesn’t want any obstacles.”

Pope’s decision to wait includes not making any official visits until his season is over. The 5-11, 205-pound prospect boasts 4 scholarship offers right now – from Clemson, North Carolina, Penn State and Virginia Tech. Of the 4, Penn State is likely on the outside of this race because Pope has expressed a serious interest in playing in the South.

“He has always expressed an interest in playing in the South,” Lattimer said. “I get that from him. He’s a big ACC fan. If I had to guess I would say Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Clemson are at the top of his list, with the 4th pick changing from here to there. I think they are all pretty even at this point.”

One plus for the Hokies is that Pope has family in the Blacksburg area. He also has family in Georgia.



Pope was off to a great start in 2004 until he suffered a hyper-extended knee in last Thursday’s game. Fort Hill won 24-7 to move to 3-0 on the season, but Pope sat out most of the game. Lattimer expects his star to miss a week at most.

“He’s had 2 good games prior [to last week],” Lattimer said. “He rushed for 140 yards on 15 carries and had 1 touchdown in our first game. In game #2, he rushed for 212 yards on 18 carries and had 2 catches for 120 yards.”

Most schools are recruiting Pope to play defensive back, most likely for the safety position.