Nebraska recruiting: Owen Pappoe plans on official visit with Huskers next season

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Nebraska will host 2019 prospect Owen Pappoe for official visit

One of the nation’s top prospects in the 2019 class, Owen Pappoe, plans to take an official visit to Nebraska later this year. Pappoe confirmed the news to Land of 10 on Monday. Mike Schaefer of 247Sports first reported the development.

According to the 247Sports composite, Pappoe is a 5-star prospect and the No. 1 outside linebacker in the class. He is the No. 7 overall prospect in the class.

While this is big news on the recruiting front, it isn’t much of a surprise. Pappoe named the Huskers to his top three, along with Georgia and Clemson, last fall. Former defensive line coach John Parrella assumed the lead on his recruitment and the two built a strong relationship. Parrella was the primary reason Pappoe was strongly considering the Huskers, so it made sense to question whether that interest still existed following the coaching change that saw Scott Frost and his UCF take over.

Apparently the staff has stayed active in recruiting Pappoe, who attends Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga.

Nebraska rarely is in the market for highly ranked recruits such as Pappoe, although it courted 5-star prospect and now-Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons in the 2018 class. But the new Huskers staff has made it clear they are not messing around on the recruiting trail.

Pappoe said Frost and linebackers coach Barrett Ruud have been in contact with him the most. Expect tight ends coach Sean Beckton, who is the area recruiter for Georgia, to be heavily involved in the recruitment.

Under new NCAA rules, high school juniors can take official visits in the spring. The Huskers have used all but two of their maximum 56 official visits for this school year. That resets in August. Nonetheless, Nebraska plans to use the spring game as a big recruiting weekend for the 2019 class. It’s possible Pappoe will be on campus for the event, but it won’t be for an official visit.

Exactly when Nebraska wants to bring in Pappoe likely will depend on his decision timeline. Four of the Huskers’ seven home games next season are in September, providing Pappoe with a few chances to see the school earlier in the fall. Later matchups against Minnesota (Oct. 20) and Michigan State (Nov. 17) are games that may provide more intrigue.

Owen Pappoe would be another big get from Georgia

Here’s how 247Sports recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks evaluated Pappoe:

“He’s very athletic and can track plays sideline to sideline, while also being able to cover backs and tight ends. He’s an impressive tester with a 40 time in the 4.5s. While he’s not the biggest linebacker prospect, he’s shown a knack for fighting off blocks from larger opponents to make plays in the run game. Pappoe is a physically gifted, well-rounded linebacker.”

Pappoe is only 6-foot, but he possesses a muscular 210-pound frame that will be enhanced at the next level.

The standout from Georgia comes from an area where Nebraska hopes to be successful on the recruiting trail. The Huskers landed a big-time linebacker prospect from the state last week: 4-star signee Caleb Tannor, who attends school about 25 miles from Pappoe’s hometown.

With Nebraska trying to build its track record in Georgia, it will pursue Pappoe hard. That won’t be easy, though. Georgia will be the team to beat and Clemson won’t be easy to beat, either. Several other schools, such as Florida State, Alabama and Auburn, may also enter the picture. The Bulldogs hold 16 of the 19 predictions on his 247Sports Crystal Ball.

But as we saw with Tannor, Nebraska cannot be ruled out with Pappoe until he makes a decision.

And Nebraska will have a chance to roll out the red carpet for him.

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