Offensive lineman Cody Pope (6-5, 270, 5.1) from San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic has seen his stock soar since this past spring. The offensive lineman just returned from his first official visit.
"I just took a trip to and I liked it a lot," Pope said. "It was everything I expected it to be."
"I did not commit," Pope said. "I told them that I wanted to take a look at a couple other schools, but Utah is right at the top of the list."
Pope doesn't have any other trips scheduled yet but because his Utah visit was so good he wants to hurry up the process and take a couple of quick trips. He doesn't want Utah to run out of scholies.
"Colorado, Tennessee and Arizona are schools that I would take a trip to right away," Pope said. "Only Tennessee hasn't offered, because they only started to recruit me since last week."
"I have been talking to my position coach at Colorado (offensive line coach Dave Borbely) and he tells me I'm their number one man," Pope said. "They have been hyped on me since the spring combines."
"I also like Arizona coach Kasey Dunn," Pope said. "He is a really a respectable guy."
"I don't think he (Dunn) would lead me in any bad ideas recruiting wise," Pope said. "He's really up front and honest."
It will be interesting to see where Pope goes with his recruitment over the next few weeks as he is seeing his stock rise based on a strong senior season.
Pope and his Cathedral Catholic teammates are 6-3 and are fighting for a playoff spot. They will hook up with San Diego (Calif.) Henry this Friday Evening and victory will get them in the playoffs.
In an earlier interview with Cathedral Catholic coach Sean Doyle he had the following to say about Pope.
"Cody has a great work ethic," Doyle said. "He has worked hard to get himself ready to play football."
"Cody is a natural," Doyle said. "Last season was his first playing football."
"The sky is the limit for Cody," Doyle said. He has made unbelievable progress from his first game to his last."
Pope is rated by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 47 offensive tackle prospect for the class of 2006 and he was a member of the Rivals.com preseason California Top 100 team landing as a the Golden State's No. 89 prospect at any position.