Jake Pope, 3-Star Safety, Signs with Alabama
Jake Pope, a 3-star safety out of Buford High School in Buford, Georgia, has officially signed his national letter of intent to play for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He originally committed to Alabama in August.
The 6-foot-1, 190lbs safety has experience at wide receiver and brings speed and athleticism to the game no matter where he lines up. 247 Sports's Cooper Petagna says in his scouting report Pope "Exhibits good short-area burst and explosiveness on both sides of the ball while possessing outstanding play speed. Plays with very little wasted motion, clean in and out of breaks."
The safety position is expecting a big overhaul in 2022. Jordan Battle and Daniel Wright will both move on from the program, paving the way for DeMarcco Hellams to become a full-time starter. Kristian Story and Terrion Arnold are two names to keep an ear out for while Malachi Moore or Brian Branch could both make the transition to a more traditional safety role.
Joining Pope at the safety position in the 2022 class is Antonio Kite, a 4-star athlete from Anniston, Alabama, that projects to play the position for the Crimson Tide.
According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Pope is ranked as the 33rd safety in the country and 38th overall player in Georgia. 247Sports has him listed as a 4-star safety. He was primarily recruited by safeties coach Charles Kelly.