A funny thing happened while Dinwiddie junior K’Vaughan Pope was attempting to whittle down his list of potential suitors.
Another heavyweight came along.
This week, on Tuesday, the 6-2, 215-pounder increased his total to 26 offers and this offer came from Florida State, which have three national titles on its resume, including one under the direction of current coach Jimbo Fisher in 2013.
The Seminoles, who play in the Atlantic Coast Conference, were 10-2 last season (5-3 in ACC) and defeated Michigan 33-32 in the Orange Bowl.
There are six players on the current roster from the state of Virginia including former Atlee standout Alec Elerbe and former Thomas Dale product Darvin Taylor II.
Pope has proven to be an unstoppable force on the field. His highlight reel is filled with one-handed catches, hit-stick tackles, and kick-return touchdowns.
The athlete plays at both wide receiver and middle linebacker, and thrived all season long, leading Dinwiddie to another state championship game appearance.
His numbers are impressive too. The dynamic Pope led his team in receiving yards (630), total catches (33), solo tackles (86), tackles plus assists (135), total blocked kicks (five), fumble recovery yards (42) and interception return yards (152).
He also added 15 touchdowns — seven receiving, two rushing, two on fumble recoveries, two interceptions and two returns.
He added six interceptions, 4.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, 29 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. Pope made a team-leading nine tackles per game in 2016.
Pope earned All-State honors on both the offensive and defensive end, adding to his already impressive resume that has earned him offers from big schools like Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Louisville, Ohio State and Penn State.
The past two weeks, he added Louisville and Auburn to the list.
“The offer means a lot,” said Pope. “It shows that coaches really do look at the film.”
Pope will continue to pick up big offers as he now prepares for his senior season. The star athlete plans on keeping academics in mind when it comes time to make his final decision.
“I’m looking to see whether their players graduate,” explained Pope. “And get a great education.”