Al Washington, Boston College running backs coach, recently visited one of the most talented high school football programs in Georgia to watch a highly touted linebacker by the name of Owen Pappoe. Grayson High promptly told Washington that if he wanted to watch the young man practice that he would have to come back later when the eighth grade team practices. That’s right, the highly touted Pappoe is only in the eighth grade.
Owen Pappoe, given the nickname “The Freak” is only in the eighth grade but the linebacker is 6-foot-1 and weighs 190 pounds. Grayson’s recruiting coordinator Kenyatta Watson stated that after watching Owen, the only thing Washington said was “Oh my God.” That was the moment everything changed for the young linebacker. Boston College was the first school to offer Pappoe a scholarship but many would follow.
In total, thirty programs across the country have scouted Pappoe either at practices in person or have contacted his coach to express their interest. Some of the other schools that have offered him a scholarship include Auburn, Florida, and Georgia.
Pappoe who grew up a fan of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant is the son of African immigrants. James points out that he actually did not have any desire or intentions to play football until he was spotted by a youth football league coach who encouraged him to give it a shot. Pappoe will be entering the ninth grade next year and has a lot of time to grow and develop his skills.