As expected, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson five-star linebacker Owen Pappoe named Clemson among his top 10 schools on Sunday evening via social media.
Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State and Tennessee also made the cut for Pappoe, one of the top prospects in the 2019 class regardless of position.
The announcement didn’t come as a surprise as far as Clemson is concerned. Pappoe told The Clemson Insider last weekend that the Tigers would be in his top group.
“I’m going to go ahead and spoil it,” he said. “Clemson is in it.”
Pappoe (6-0, 207) has around 40 offers, including ones from Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Southern Cal and Tennessee.
Clemson is one of the schools Pappoe said is recruiting him the hardest. Co-defensive backs coach Mickey Conn, Pappoe’s former head coach at Grayson, and offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell checked in on him at his school last weekend.
After receiving an offer from Clemson in March 2016, Pappoe most recently visited for the Louisville game in October. He said he is working to schedule another visit.
Pappoe, who plans to make a decision next summer before his senior season, recorded 90 tackles, seven sacks, five pass breakups and an interception as a sophomore last season.
He is ranked by 247Sports as a top-five overall prospect in the 2019 class.