Owen Pappoe

Written by Owen Pappoe and Evan Miller 
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015

What’s happening everyone? This is Owen Pappoe here from the class of 2019, and this is my first RecruitDiary. I attend Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia and I play Outside Linebacker. I am six foot, one inch tall and weigh two hundred and two pounds. I like to think I have the size of a prototypical backer. I like to play in space because I am able to put my athleticism on display. I love to play all over tight ends and drop into coverage to use my skills to the best of my ability. My style of play is fast and aggressive. Playing fast is the basis of my game; I react quickly, and then make a play on the ball or the receiver. My favorite player is Julius Peppers because I see a lot of similarities between us. He is very fast and versatile, which has allowed him to flourish at the highest level for years. He uses his unmatched athleticism to beat his man and get to the quarterback or to cover a tight end in space. He is definitely someone who I try to emulate.

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At the moment, many consider me the number one overall player in the nation for the class of 2019. This is a huge honor, and I am really proud that a lot of well-respected people in the community think highly of me and my game. I currently have accumulated 18 FBS scholarship offers from some of the best programs in the nation. Each time I get a scholarship offer, it is amazing, and always a wonderful feeling knowing that a coach wants you to play for his team. I am not committed, nor do I have any college that I like more than another at the moment. I am extremely grateful for all the interest I have received over the last year or so. So far I have visited Ohio State, Louisville, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Alabama, and Clemson but my favorite visit so far was my visit to Tennessee. This past Saturday I visited South Carolina and I must say it was a really fun visit even though the lost to Florida. My favorite moment of my recruitment so far was when Jimbo Fisher and Mark Richt both offered me personally.

At UT, my favorite visit so far
At UT, my favorite visit so far

As I said, I go to Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia, one of the major powerhouse programs in the state that has produced some great college players. At the moment, we are ranked number ten nationally, and are 10-0 on the season. My favorite moments of the season were beating Archer High School, one of our biggest rivals, and winning the region championship to clinch a number one seed for the playoffs. Before I graduate I want to win a State Championship with my team and grow into the best possible player I can become over the next four years. The toughest player that I have had to face this season was Jamyest Williams from Archer. He is very fast, strong, quick, shifty, and overall just a great player. His best attribute has to be his mental skill; his football IQ is off the charts, which is what makes him such a great player, and someone I truly respect.

Repping Battle Gear
Repping Battle Gear

Being thought of as the number one player in my class truly is a blessing and something not to be taken lightly. It is very humbling, but I still have a lot of work to do. This is only my third year playing football, so I still consider myself to be new to the game and I know I have a lot to learn. This has also been my first year playing outside linebacker. Robert Nkemdiche was the only other Grayson player to ever be ranked nationally as the number one overall player in a class. People often compare the two of us, but we are much different players. Robert was very powerful and played defensive line, and I like to play with speed as a linebacker. I hear all the time from coaches that at the same age, I am a better athlete than he was. As a future first round draft pick, his success is something I would love to have.

The first scholarship offer I received was when I was in the eighth grade. It was very cool, and it made me want to work harder because I knew people would doubt me and wonder if I would be able to live up to the hype. The fact that coaches and programs have believed in me from such a young age means a lot to me, and this is what drives me everyday to become the best I can be and to show them that there faith was put in the right place. A lot of people don’t like the fact that recruiting has started so young, but I don’t see a problem with it. Seven on seven camps have provided so much exposure for kids and has given them greater opportunities to pursue their dreams.

That is all I have for you at the moment. Make sure to check out all the rest of the player diaries and be sure to come back often. Follow me on Twitter @OPfreak15 to get updates on my season and also follow @RecruitDiaries to get updates about when all the diaries are posted. Go Rams!

 


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