On Thursday, Clemson got Loganville (Ga.) Grayson 2019 linebacker Owen Pappoe on campus for his first visit to the school since the Louisville game in October last season.
The Tigers didn’t fail to make a major impression on the five-star recruit.
“I enjoyed the whole thing,” Pappoe told The Clemson Insider. “I sat down with coach (Brent) Venables for about two hours watching film to see the role I would play in their defense. It was like watching myself on film. Basically doing everything my coaches at Grayson have me doing this year.”
Pappoe, whose former head coach at Grayson is current Clemson co-defensive backs coach Mickey Conn, has a lot of respect for Venables and is building a relationship with him.
“He’s a good person and a great coach,” Pappoe said.
Last month, Pappoe narrowed his list of 40 scholarship offers down to 10 schools. Clemson made the cut, along with Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State and Tennessee.
The Tigers let Pappoe know he is a priority target.
“(They told me) that they really want me to be a part of their program,” Pappoe said, “and they’re going to recruit me hard.”
Pappoe, the top outside linebacker and a top-five overall prospect in the 2019 class, is looking to make a decision in the summer of 2018 before his senior season.
Where does Clemson stand with the stud prospect after his latest trip to Tiger Town?
“High,” he said.
Pappoe’s most recent visit elsewhere occurred at Florida State in late April.
Yesterday evening, he took to Twitter to say this about his experience at Clemson: