The outside linebacker position can be a difficult one to fill, especially at the strong-side spot. Dorian O’Daniel has effectively filled that position over the last couple of years and Clemson has plenty in its reserves, including Jake Venables in the class of 2018.
That doesn’t mean Clemson isn’t looking for another linebacker to fill in and help solidify one of the top defenses in the country.
Linebacker Owen Pappoe (2019) could be one of the next players traveling along the Grayson (Ga.)-Clemson pipeline.
Pappoe told The Clemson Insider he recently visited Florida State and Georgia to get a better feel with the coaches and introduce his family.
“They were great,” said Pappoe. “Nothing new just went to spend time with coaches and my mom wanted to see FSU so I took her down for the first time.”
The linebacker currently does not have any visits planned, but he said that he needs to get up to Clemson “ASAP.”
The 6-foot, 207-pound linebacker said he wants to establish an even better relationship with the coaches and see the brand new football facility.
“Just need to catch up, sit down and watch film, and get to see the new facilities and all,” said Pappoe.
Pappoe also told TCI he is in frequent contact with defensive coordinator Brent Venables and ex-Grayson staff Mickey Conn. He recently came out with his top 10 that included Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State. Although he said all of the teams are on an even playing field right now, he said Clemson definitely deserves its spot in his top 10.
“They have always been one of my favorite schools, I love everything about them and I’m going to be deeply considering them when it comes to committing,” he said.
He plans on making his decision next summer, but Pappoe says if he picks the Tigers they will be getting “a player with a great motor who loves the game and will give everything [he’s] got.”