Last Thursday morning I had the opportunity to meet with K’Vaughan Pope, an incoming freshman linebacker for Ohio State. Pope is a four star linebacker and ninth overall at the position, from Dinwiddie, Virginia. Ohio State holds high expectations for Pope this fall, and I got the vibe he is ready to get out and play.
Pope was dominant in high school (Both on the field and in the classroom). For his career he had 175 solo tackles, and 108 assisted. He also had 9 sacks, and 56 tackles for loss in his four years varsity play.
Considering Pope was recruited heavily from the jump, with offers from other elite schools such as Clemson and North Carolina. However, he didn’t fail to mention that the recruiting process, and his relationship with Ohio State was always great. Especially with head coach Urban Meyer. Pope smiled when asked about Meyer and said:
“He is very chill, we had a very good connection immediately. He’s an easy guy to meet with and talk to.”
When I asked Pope what he thought about the transition from playing high school football to preparing to play in the Big Ten he said “So far, the drills. They are very intense.” Which is expected, but he did say that outside of coach Meyer there have been guys to help along the way:
“Keandre Jones helps me the most. He’s a real positive guy. That’s something I’m working on, being positive myself.”
Another piece of the interview that I actually found the most interesting was when I asked him what put Ohio State over the top in the recruiting process, and what made it the easy choice?
“The internships and the city man. It’s so great here. I am going to get a lot of opportunities.”
I am excited to see Pope out on the field this year, and according to him, he should be out there fairly often. I believe he can put pressure on opposing quarterbacks and force the offensive line to not focus solely on Nick Bosa. He said again how the drills have been tough this offseason, so hopefully it all pays off in the fall. I predict Pope will have a wonderful freshman campaign.