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Elite 5-star linebacker: 'It was crazy'

Loganville (Ga.) Grayson five-star linebacker Owen Pappoe was one of the many visitors for Clemson’s game against Louisville on Saturday.

It was the highly touted 2019 prospect’s first time on campus since February.

“I enjoyed the whole visit,” Pappoe said during an interview with The Clemson Insider.

What did Pappoe think of Clemson’s epic comeback win?

“It was crazy,” he said.

Pappoe said the highlight of the day for him was seeing his former high school head coach at Grayson, Mickey Conn, who accepted a position on Clemson’s staff as a senior defensive assistant in March 2016.

“It was great to see all the coaches again, and even my old high school head coach that’s now at Clemson,” Pappoe said.

What did Pappoe hear from Conn?

“Telling me how much of a great place that Clemson is,” Pappoe said, “and that they would love to have me.”

Pappoe, a top-five prospect in his class, has an extensive list of suitors. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder holds over 30 offers.

A few schools are recruiting him especially hard right now.

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

Pappoe doesn’t currently have any leaders, though he did say Clemson is in good standing with him.

“Yes sir,” he said.

A few things about Clemson stand out to Pappoe.

“It’s a really good program,” he told TCI in August. “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.”

Pappoe 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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