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2019 5* LB Owen Pappoe commits to AUBURN!!! (5/1/2018)

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35 minutes ago, Zeek said:

Agreed, this kid is so athletic that you throw him at the position that benefits your team the most. 

I think that's why we see a lot of recruits listed as an athlete that plays something other than what they mainly played in school.

It is. The old adage is that in high school, at most high schools anyway, the best athlete on the team plays quarterback because that's who you want touching the ball the most. Now, obviously, at powerhouse programs, that's not necessarily the case, but there are a ton of wide receivers and safeties who played quarterback in high school because them having the ball in their hands gave the team the best chance to win. The same is true on multiple levels in college.

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14 hours ago, Zeek said:
On 5/8/2018 at 5:02 AM, ellitor said:

Just because a player is at a spot in high school that doesn't mean that's his natural position. Also ILBs (We don't use true MLBs in our Defense) are more sideline to sideline guys than OLBs. Lastly where did you see we want him at MLB?

Agreed, this kid is so athletic that you throw him at the position that benefits your team the most. 

Also, the MLB/ILB tends to be the QB of the front 7, so you want your guy with the best football IQ there.

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From Keith FWIW

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Even though we list Owen outside he is likely to play inside at AU.

 

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2 hours ago, ellitor said:

I think where he plays will be, to a large part, determined by who else we can sign this time and how they fit together as a LB corps. Pappoe appears to have the ability to excel no matter where he's put.

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Football players always seem to love their momma!

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How committed to Auburn is 5-star LB Owen Pappoe?

The reality is: Every time I’ve called for mailbag questions this recruiting cycle, I’ve received something about 5-star linebacker Owen Pappoe.

Through the first few months of the year, those questions gradually evolved.

Does anyone have a chance to beat Georgia for Pappoe and is Auburn still recruiting him? Should we read anything into Pappoe’s junior day visit? Does the multiday trip mean Auburn is making a move? Why should we believe Auburn can beat out Georgia given the 2018 cycle? Are the Tigers really going to land Pappoe?

Since his commitment to Auburn, Pappoe questions have taken a foreseeable turn.

The new question, as asked in the second part from @mitchwat81: How committed to Auburn is Pappoe?

I understand this will be a hot topic this summer and fall. Whenever I ask for mailbag questions, I’m going to receive something similar to this. So let this be the definitive answer I’m giving for the next few months so the Pappoe concern storyline isn’t overplayed — at least in this SEC Country space. If you ask me a similar question in the future, I’ll likely shoot you this link rather than answer it again (unless something shifts drastically).

Speculation runs rampant in recruiting. It’s part of it. As hard as I try to base my coverage on facts and sourcing, speculation even leaks its way into my articles from time to time. But when it comes to talking about de-commitments, speculation can be a reckless game.

Publicly, Pappoe says and does everything he’s supposed to — and that’s all I’m willing to use to judge the stability of his commitment.

On social media, Pappoe has gone full Auburn on his Twitter header/bio, is actively recruiting other players to Auburn and dedicated an Auburn-centric Instagram post to his mother for Mother’s Day.

But social media proof might not be enough for some people, and I get that. For those people, all I can do is point you to a question I asked Pappoe immediately after making his commitment to Auburn, which in essence, is the same type of thing the rest of you have asked me for my mailbags.

My question, in some form: What kind of shot does Georgia still have to flip you from Auburn?

Pappoe’s response: “I’m not even thinking about anything like that right now. I’m really not. My mind is all Auburn. My mind has been all Auburn for a while. I’m really not even thinking about that at all. I’m thinking about committing. I’m thinking about recruiting for Auburn. That’s it.”

Think about those words when you see the headline this summer or fall — and you likely will see this headline: 5-star Auburn LB commit Owen Pappoe visits Georgia. Even if (more likely when) you see that, remember Pappoe was recruited heavily for four years without committing. When he finally did, he knew his choice was his choice. It would take something earth-shattering to change that.

To see all the answers to prior Auburn questions, click here.

 

 

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We're fine with him

 

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12 minutes ago, Zeek said:

We're fine with him

A lot will be revealed (or just further proven) about the general psyche of 2 fan bases between now and December. 

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5 minutes ago, McLoofus said:

A lot will be revealed (or just further proven) about the general psyche of 2 fan bases between now and December. 

Yup. Will it be this:

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Or will it be this:

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1 minute ago, Zeek said:

Yup. Will it be this:

imchillin.gif

Or will it be this:

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That and two groups of people saying the same thing- that Pappoe might flip- for completely different reasons. One thinks it's always 1980 and the other stay shook.

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43 minutes ago, Zeek said:

Yup. Will it be this:

imchillin.gif

Or will it be this:

notchill.gif

 

40 minutes ago, McLoofus said:

That and two groups of people saying the same thing- that Pappoe might flip- for completely different reasons. One thinks it's always 1980 and the other stay shook.

E. All of the above. This is AU & UGA fan bases we are talking about after all.

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1 hour ago, DonDraper said:

Absolute stud! 

Click on his profile in this post and see why cb’s are a sometimes bad indicator! Still showing Georgia with the lead!lol I think it’s e that talks about how out of date they can be.

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20 minutes ago, toddc said:

Click on his profile in this post and see why cb’s are a sometimes bad indicator! Still showing Georgia with the lead!lol I think it’s e that talks about how out of date they can be.

Unless they want to  pick a commit to flip they can't make picks after the recruit has committed.

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2 hours ago, gravejd said:

This guy is going to be fun to watch over the next few years. 

That may even be an understatement. LB is not an easy place to get playing time as a true freshman but it may be hard for the staff to keep Pappoe off the field next year.

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6 hours ago, toddc said:

Click on his profile in this post and see why cb’s are a sometimes bad indicator! Still showing Georgia with the lead!lol I think it’s e that talks about how out of date they can be.

I think that's how it was before he committed and they just haven't changed it.

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I cannot wait to see this young man roam the field of JHS and be a part of the meanest toughest defense in the SEC.

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46 minutes ago, WFE12 said:

I think that's how it was before he committed and they just haven't changed it.

 

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1 hour ago, WFE12 said:

I think that's how it was before he committed and they just haven't changed it.

That was my point, I guess!

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6 minutes ago, toddc said:

That was my point, I guess!

There's nothing that can change on the crystal ball picks % unless people start picking him to flip to UGA.

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