There was a little bad news for Miami on Monday, and some very good news.
Wide receiver Mark Pope, one of the top pass-catchers in the 2018 class, made a public commitment to the Hurricanes. He was long rumored to be leaning toward his hometown team.
Pope, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound rising senior at Miami Southridge, is rated a consensus four-star recruit; 247Sports has him as the third-best wideout in America and No. 22 player regardless of position. His list of offers included Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU and numerous other major programs.
ESPN praised him as a “natural receiver with soft hands and the body control to consistently catch the ball in stride,” as well as a “smooth athlete with impressive change of direction skills and the ability to make defenders miss in space.” Scout called him “one of the nation’s can’t-miss prospects at the wide receiver position.”
According to 247Sports, Pope plans to graduate a semester early from Southridge, which won the Class 7A state title last year. Pope recorded 619 yards and nine touchdown on 37 catches.
Two of his teammates made early commitments to the Canes; receiver Daquris Wiggins pledged in Oct. 2015 and offensive guard Delone Scaife hopped on board last July. Their former offensive coordinator, David Cooney, recently joined UM in a support staff role.
The Hurricanes had the No. 1-rated class (per 247Sports) before Pope’s commitment. His decision boosted the Canes to the top spot in the Rivals rankings.