Michigan Offers Georgia 8th Grader

Jim Harbaugh has made it at point to take Michigan’s recruiting to another level. That has led him to something the Maize & Blue had never done before; offer eighth graders. One such pre-high school target is Loganville (GA.) Grayson outside linebacker Owen Pappoe.

The recruiting process seems to start earlier and earlier every year with coaches looking further and further down the road for that next star. Count Michigan among the programs now committed to getting in on top prospects at the earliest point possible.  One such target is Loganville (GA.) Grayson outside linebacker Owen Pappoe. Though only an 8th grader he has already garnered offers from Tennessee, Kentucky, Auburn, Boston College and now Michigan.

“A Michigan coach was actually at the high school, but he had to leave and he told our recruiting coordinator that he wanted to go ahead and offer me,” Pappoe told Scout. “I was pretty excited when I found out. I don’t know much right now about them, but I am looking forward to learning more soon.”

“I knew they were looking at me, but I just didn’t know they were going to offer this early. I was kind of expecting it. Sometime this summer I will try to make it up there and to meet the coaches in person.”

Already a well-built 6-1, 194-pounds, coaches are clearly convinced that he just scratching the surface of how good he can be.

“My recruitment is going good right now,” said Pappoe. “There are a lot of surprises because I am still in the 8th grade and not many 8th graders in the country hold this many offers, so it is just exciting. I am still enjoying it right now.”

“My top five (in no order) is Tennessee, Georgia, Boston College, Ohio State and Michigan.”

With the Bulldogs being the closest in proximity most recruiting followers will assume that they have the inside track. That isn’t necessarily the case according to Pappoe.

“I’m from Georgia, so Georgia (was the team I followed), but I wasn’t a real hard core fan,” said Pappoe. “It was just my home state school. It would be exciting if they offered because like I said it is my home state.”

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