D-I schools like to take raw and athletic players with a God-given frame and then hone the player into a big time college football athlete. Tight end/offensive line/defensive end Cody Pope (6-6, 280, 5.1) from San Diego (Calif.) University of San Diego (USD) is that type of player.
Pope is already drawing from interest from a variety of schools. The list includes Colorado, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, UCLA, USC and Oregon.
The Colorado Buffaloes invited Pope to their junior day in April but because he also participates in basketball and track (shot and discus), he might not be able attend because of a conflict with his athletic schedule.
One of the things that the D-I schools like about Pope is his versatility. He could end up at any one of three positions on the D-I level.
Right now it seems that most D-I schools are looking at Pope as a defensive tackle., but he will get a look at offensive guard during spring practice.
"Cody has a great work ethic," USD coach Sean Doyle said. "He has worked hard to get himself ready to play football."
"Cody is a natural," USD coach Sean Doyle said. "Last season was his playing football. The sky is the limit for Cody."
"Cody has made unbelievable progress from his first game to his last," USD coach Sean Doyle said. "He played a lot of basketball prior to playing football and has great footwork"
"Cody is taken to the game quite quickly and is really learning how to play," Pope said. "He is learning and applying pad level techniques."
Pope currently benches 275, squats 410 and cleans 210. He was an all-league selection for his first season ever playing football.