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Top-5 ATH eyeing summer visit

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After seeing his first Clemson game in Death Valley in the fall, Dinwiddie (Va.) Dinwiddie County four-star athlete K’Vaughan Pope is making plans to return to Clemson over the offseason.

The Clemson Insider recently spoke with Pope, who witnessed Clemson’s 24-17 overtime win over N.C. State in October.

“I plan on coming down in the summer time,” Pope told TCI.

Pope, the nation’s No. 3 athlete in the 2018 class according to 247Sports, received his third offer from Clemson back in April.

He also has offers from Florida, N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia among others.

As a junior this season, Pope helped lead Dinwiddie County to a 14-1 record and appearance in the Virginia 4A state championship game against Salem.

“Good for the most part,” Pope said of his season. “We almost won the ‘ship but didn’t. That was a tough loss.”

Clemson is recruiting Pope as a linebacker, and defensive coordinator Brent Venables is his primary recruiter.

Pope doesn’t have a preference on a position.

“I just want to get on the field really,” Pope said, “so wherever that is I’ll play it and work my way up.”

Prior to the N.C. State game, Pope first visited Clemson for the Dabo Swinney Camp in June.

What is he looking forward to experiencing when he gets back on campus?

“That new facility really,” Pope said, “and then to catch up with the coaches.”

Pope said he is hearing the most from Ohio State and Virginia right now.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder said he doesn’t have any leaders right now but that Clemson is in good standing.

He anticipates making some other offseason trips, as well.

“I’ll visit Ohio (State), Clemson and probably some more, but I’m not sure,” Pope said.

Pope expects to make a decision during his senior year. He is rated by 247Sports as the No. 4 prospect in Virginia and the No. 110 prospect nationally in the class of 2018.

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