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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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UW Football

OL prospect Pope passes on Huskies for Tennessee

Seattle Times staff reporter

Cody Pope said he never meant to infer that he was 100 percent committed to Washington.

But when the San Diego-area offensive lineman told several Internet sites that he had given a "soft verbal" commitment to become a Husky, recruiting analysts chalked him up as a good get for Washington's Class of 2006.

So it was considered another blow to UW's recruiting efforts when Pope said Tuesday that he would instead attend Tennessee.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder from Cathedral Catholic High is rated as the No. 44 offensive lineman in the country by Scout.com.

Pope had an official visit to UW the weekend of Jan. 7-8 and visited Tennessee last weekend.

"I wasn't planning on attending school there," he said. "I didn't think I would actually do it. But just going there and meeting the people and seeing things, it seems like the right choice now."

He said he was blown away by Tennessee's 109,000-seat stadium and the prospect of playing in the Southeastern Conference.

"If I hadn't gone to Tennessee, I'd be committed to UW by now," he said.

That's little consolation to the Huskies, who now reportedly have 15 commitments, which they are hoping will remain solid.

Pope said UW defensive coordinator Kent Baer "was quite upset, real angry," when Pope told him Tuesday that he had changed his mind.

Note

• Washington State has received oral commitments from a pair of Los Angeles-area defensive tackles, according to Cougfan.com: Ansley Clevil, 6-3, 240, from Venice High School, and Preston Brooks, 6-2 , 235 pounds, from Susan Miller Dorsey High School.

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