COVINGTON, La. — Mark Pope boasts a short but impressive list of offers, most noticeably from Alabama, Florida, UGA, Tennessee and his hometown team, Miami.
One offer that still eludes the elite Class of 2018 wide receiver is LSU.
The sought-after SEC target attended LSU’s spring game over the weekend and began developing relationships with the Tigers’ coaches.
While it remains early in his recruiting process, the 6-foot-1, 160-pound Miami native hopes to see his relationship with LSU flourish sooner rather than later.
“The coaches were reaching out to me, saying that I need to keep coming, keep talking to them, and staying humble and stuff,” Pope told SEC Country on Sunday at the Louisiana Bootleggers 7-on-7 Invitational Tournament.
Alabama and Miami have a stranglehold on the receiver’s attention — for now — but LSU could make up ground thanks to first-year wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig.
Craig has made a lasting impression with Pope, both with the new-look LSU offense and the way he carries himself away from the field.
“He’s a nice guy,” Pope said of Craig. “He seems like he would be able to keep me level. He’s a nice guy.”
Pope watched LSU’s evolving spread offense first hand on Saturday, as the Tigers’ wide receivers were recipients of plenty of short passes and screens to be more involved.
That’s the style of offense Pope seeks, so if that’s where LSU’s offense is heading, then the Miami wide receiver is hooked.
“It’s the offense that I fit into,” Pope said. “I also like the coaches and the coaching staff. I like the receivers in the offense that they run. I also like the (LSU) fan base, the facilities.”
Pope said he’s a long way from narrowing his top five, but noted that the Crimson Tide are his current leader.
LSU would need to extend an offer to enter the fray, but there are other factors he would need to consider before making a pledge.
“It would come down to the offense and a starting position,” Pope said. “It will be a great blessing to get an LSU offer, though.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.