Kentucky continues its recent hot streak of commitments, with the latest coming from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) offensive tackle Jake Pope. The three-star, 6-foot-7, 275-pound junior is the sixth class of 2019 commitment and is the second from Florida, joining Nik Scalzo from Cardinal Gibbons High (Fla.). Pope received an offer from Kentucky on April 14th and just a month and two days later, he has committed to play for Stoops and company. He also held offers from Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Illinois, Cincinnati, North Carolina State, and Pittsburgh. For the Cats to get a commitment from St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) is a big deal. STA is a powerhouse in the state of Florida, that is loaded with elite level talent year in and year out. Building any sort pipeline there would help Kentucky continue to improve each year.
Pope breaks down his commitment to Kentucky.
“I love everything at Kentucky. The campus is nice, the coaching staff is amazing, Kentucky environment. I just fell in love with everything at Kentucky when I went on my unofficial visit in April and left with an offer.”
The St. Thomas Aquinas junior standout said he is going to try to recruit some of his teammates to Kentucky.
“I’m not sure any of my teammates will be joining me to Kentucky, but I am going to recruit them to Kentucky the best I can,” said Pope.
He said there is a possibility of him enrolling early at Kentucky.
“I have to sit down and talk with my family, high school counselor, but it is a good possibility that I may enroll early at Kentucky.”
He mentioned he will take one official visit.
“I’m taking one official visit to Kentucky. I am shutting down my recruitment,” said Pope.
Pope went on to say he plans to major in Business and Mathematics while at UK.
The newest Kentucky commit left a message for the Kentucky fan base.
“I want to thank the Kentucky fan base for accepting me in the Kentucky environment.”
This is a major get for the Kentucky coaching staff pulling one out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School.