Owen Pappoe is one of the most coveted prospects of the 2019 class, a 6-foot-1 outside linebacker out of Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga.
Late on Sunday night, Pappoe narrowed his extensive list of college suitors down to 10. The list is, not surprisingly, SEC-heavy, with Florida, Tennessee, LSU, Georgia, Alabama and Auburn featured.
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— Owen Pappoe (@opfreak15) May 14, 2017
Recruits narrowing down their suitors to a top 10 or top 5 has been in vogue of late. And though the list is obviously subject to change, it is excellent news for the five SEC schools still in the running.
Pappoe has long been one of the top recruits, last year becoming the youngest recruit to earn an invite to The Opening, Nike’s invite-only event each summer in Beaverton, Ore.
“It definitely wasn’t something we were looking to do, in terms of inviting a freshman, but his resume as we got to the end of the year was certainly very strong,” Student Sports president Brian Stumpf said of The Opening invite, according to Bleacher Report.
It likely will be the last time Pappoe’s success comes as a surprise.
His first offer came when he was in eighth grade, and Clemson became the second school to offer when Pappoe was a freshman. He already has visited Florida State and Florida, and Pappoe is scheduled to visit Georgia, just a 20-minute drive from his home, on May 20.
Pappoe has been reported to be high on Florida State.
“I told myself that usually people don’t start their recruiting process until like their junior year, so once junior year hits that is when I am going to start cracking it down,” Pappoe told Tallahassee.com in February. “I plan on dropping like a top ten or a top twelve, something next year.”
The top 10 has been dropped.
Which school comes out No. 1 is yet to be determined.