Alabama football lands 2022 safety Jake Pope, returns to 14 commitments

Jerell Rushin
The Tuscaloosa News

BUFORD, Ga. - The Peach State has been good to Alabama football recruiting lately.

Jake Pope, a 2022 safety from from Georgia hotbed Gwinnett County, announced his commitment to Alabama on Tuesday night at Buford High. Pope, a three-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite, is Alabama's second straight Georgia commitment following offensive tackle Dayne Shor's July pledge.

Pope, the nation's No. 26 safety, returns the Crimson Tide to 14 commitments for the Class of 2022 after Baton Rouge running back Le'Veon Moss decommitted last week.

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Moss is the No. 6 running back in the nation, but Alabama already has a commitment from in-state Geneva County back Emmanuel Henderson, who is No. 1 at the position. Moss also has scholarship offers from LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, Ole Miss and Texas.

Also in the running for Pope, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, were Ohio State, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Georgia, which is an hour from Buford. Instead, Pope chose to play his college football almost four hours away for Alabama coach Nick Saban.

"The relationships I've formed with those coaches and players is by far one of the best I've formed," Pope said. "I love the players up there, I love the team, I love the team-chemistry and what they stand for."

Buford senior Jake Pope's recruitment has blown up since his junior season ended in December.

Pope plays wide receiver and returns kicks for Buford, the reigning Class 6A state champion. When Buford's title-game opponent was about to score the winning touchdown, Pope forced a fumble just before the goal line to seal a dramatic win.

"It was a good time to get a fumble for sure," Pope said, "and we ended up with a ring on our fingers."

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