Pope on Road to Recovery

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Fort Hill (Cumberland, MD) defensive back recruit Andre Pope suffered a knee injury in the 3rd game of the year and will miss the rest of his senior season. Pope, who tore an ACL, took the first step towards recovery yesterday.

“He had surgery yesterday on the torn ACL,” Fort Hill Head Coach Barry Lattimer said. “By February of next year he expects to be back in full tilt. He knows it’s going to take extensive rehab, but he also understands his goal which is to make it on the next level. He’s just hoping some schools are still interested in him. He seems optimistic right now. Our physician, who performed the surgery, is optimistic too.”

The primary schools involved with Pope before the injury included Clemson, UNC, Virginia Tech and Penn State. So far, Coach Lattimer is not sure which direction Tech will go in terms of interest in Pope.

“He’s talked to them, but they have not contacted me to tell me one way or the other,” Lattimer said, referring to Virginia Tech. “UNC has told me they are still interested. I haven’t heard anything on Clemson – they’ve kind of drifted into the background since September 1st.”

Pope had an excellent first 2 games, rushing for 400 yards. In the 3rd game he rushed for 50 yards on just 2 carries before suffering the knee injury.

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