Last month, Dinwiddie (Va.) four-star linebacker K’Vaughan Pope dropped a list of his top 10 schools that featured Clemson along with schools such as Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Ohio State.
Pope, who picked up an offer from Clemson in April 2016, competed at the Dabo Swinney Camp last summer and returned for the N.C. State game in the fall.
“The game atmosphere was unbelievable,” Pope told The Clemson Insider recently. “It was crazy. A lot of orange. It was wild.”
Pope named Clemson one of the schools he is looking to visit again this summer, saying he wants to check out the completed football operations facility that was under construction when he was last on campus.
“I’m going back to see it sometime this summer,” he said. “I think it’s pretty cool. They got a slide, golf, tennis, basketball courts. That thing is cool.”
Pope is rated as an athlete by most recruiting services, but most schools view him as a linebacker.
Brent Venables is Pope’s primary recruiter.
“He’s a down-to-earth guy,” Pope said. “He tells it straightforward, how it is and what it is.”
Pope touts offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech among others.
Ohio State is recruiting him the hardest, according to Pope, who gave a broad timeframe for when he could make his college decision.
“Maybe this summer or after the season,” he said.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder feels his strength as a player is his competitiveness.
“I like to compete, so I’ll get in there and fight, scratch, claw, whatever it takes for us to win,” he said.
Pope is ranked by Rivals as the No. 6 athlete and No. 105 overall prospect in the 2018 class.