Elite Grayson linebacker talks Clemson, recruitment

One of the many standout players on the field in the Grayson-IMG Academy game on Saturday night was Grayson five-star outside linebacker Owen Pappoe.

The Clemson Insider was on hand at Grayson High for the matchup between the two powerhouse schools, and caught up with Pappoe following IMG’s 26-7 win.

“I think individually, I played pretty good,” Pappoe told TCI. “Us as a team, we all played good, just a couple mental errors here and there. But we’re going to get it right this week in practice.”

The contest was nationally televised on ESPN2, and Pappoe enjoyed the spotlight.

“It’s cool,” Pappoe said. “We have two more, so I can’t wait.”

Just a 15-year-old sophomore in the 2019 class, Pappoe already has 30-plus offers.

Which of those schools are recruiting him the hardest?

“Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Florida State,” Pappoe said.

Pappoe appreciates Clemson’s efforts in recruiting him.

“I’m getting mail every day, and that means something,” Pappoe said. “I’ve talked to coach (Brent) Venables, and he tells me all the time that he wants me to get on campus so I can build a relationship with him even more.”

Pappoe planned to visit Clemson last week, but couldn’t make it. He now intends to visit this season.

A few things about Clemson stand out to Pappoe.

“It’s a really good program,” he said. “They almost won the national championship last year. They’re recruiting good players all the time and putting people in the league, so that’s what I’m looking at.”

Clemson has a recruiter on Grayson’s campus in Grayson quarterback and Clemson commit Chase Brice.

“He’s always making jokes, talking about ‘All In’ and all that, so it’s fun,” Pappoe said with a smile.

Pappoe said he doesn’t have any leaders at this time.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder is rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 player in Georgia, the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker and the nation’s No. 2 player overall in the class of 2019.

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