On early signing day, Miami signed a wide receiver considered one of the best prospects in the talent-rich state.
More about him:
Status: signed; plans to enroll in May
Size: 6-1, 170
School: Miami Southridge High
Stats: 619 yards, seven touchdowns on 37 catches as a junior (247)
Stars: Five (Rivals); four (ESPN, 247)
Rank: No. 4 wide receiver, No. 25 overall (Rivals); No. 11 wide receiver, No. 61 overall (247); No. 34 wide receiver, No. 218 overall (ESPN)
Projection: No. 1 wideout. Rivals said he should “make an immediate splash at WR and on special teams as a freshman given his gamebreaking speed and ability.” 247’s scouting notes called him “one of the premier wide receivers in the class of 2018,” even after reclassifying from 2019. “Pope is a bouncy athlete that makes things look effortless when releasing off the line of scrimmage as well,” 247 wrote, and a “crisp route runner that does a nice job of breaking off defenders to get separation, but needs to continue to get bigger and stronger moving forward. Pope is a headache to contain for defensive coordinators with his ability to work underneath and in space.” ESPN said he “has the potential to consistently move the chains at the next level especially if employed from the slot.”
Fun facts: Army All-American who competed at The Opening … from Hialeah … Recruited heavily by Florida and Alabama and others … Wore No. 6 on his UM official visit.