By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky has reached into Fort Lauderdale again to land a football commitment.
Three-star offensive lineman Jake Pope — who got a Kentucky scholarship offer about a month ago — verbally committed to Kentucky today on Twitter.
While UK coaches cannot comment on verbal commitments, it was not hard to tell what UK offensive line coach John Schlarman meant with this tweet today: “UK OL just got better today!!! Building the wall one Big brick at a time!!! BBN.”
Here is what Pope posted on Twitter today:
“To start, I would like to say thank you to all of the people who have supported me through my athletic career to date: my mother, my father, my sister, and my entire coaching staff at St. Thomas Aquinas. The exceptional STA coaches have done nothing less than make me a better player and a better person. They have done all they can to help me become a better player and I am very grateful to have them in my life. Lastly, I would like to thank God for guiding me in the right path and in making the right decisions. On that note, I would like to announce that I am now 100 percent committed to the University of Kentucky!”
The 6-7, 275-pound Pope had offers from Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Cincinnati, Central Florida and Syracuse.
Two days ago Fort Lauderdale quarterback Nik Scalzo committed to UK’s 2019 recruiting class and said then he had several players, including Pope, he was already trying to persuade to join him at UK.
Kentucky now has six commitments, including West Jessamine offensive lineman Eli Cox, in its 2019 recruiting class.