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4-star ATH has 'much respect' for Venables

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Dinwiddie (Va.) Dinwiddie County four-star athlete K’Vaughan Pope caught his first Clemson game in person on Oct. 15 for the Tigers’ game against N.C. State, and he didn’t leave disappointed.

Pope arrived a little late to Death Valley for the noon kickoff due to a six-hour drive, but it didn’t put a damper on his experience.

“I enjoyed it a lot actually, even though I didn’t catch kickoff,” Pope said in an interview with The Clemson Insider. “The game atmosphere was exciting seeing all that orange. It was a great game. N.C. State gave them a fight.”

Clemson handed Pope, the nation’s No. 3 athlete in the 2018 class according to 247Sports, his third offer in April. Pope also has offers from Florida, N.C. State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Pope previously visited Clemson in June for the Dabo Swinney Camp, when he worked out with defensive coordinator Brent Venables and the linebackers.

Clemson is recruiting Pope as an outside linebacker, and Venables is his main recruiter.

“He’s a pretty cool guy,” Pope said of Venables. “Got much respect for him.”

What did Pope hear from Venables during the visit?

“He was talking to me about their defense,” Pope said, “about my trip and asked me how I liked the game.”

Clemson and Florida are two schools at the top of Pope’s list.

Pope will take in Florida’s game versus South Carolina on Nov. 12. He also went to West Virginia earlier this season.

Pope plans to make a decision his senior year, and a couple of factors will be paramount in his decision-making process.

“Do their players graduate on time,” Pope said, “and will I be ready for life after football.”

Pope is rated by 247Sports as the No. 4 prospect in Virginia and the nation’s No. 110 prospect overall for 2018.

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