5-Star LB Owen Pappoe Commits to Auburn over Georgia, Texas and More

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 1, 2018

Credit: 247Sports

Auburn added a major talent to its 2019 recruiting class Tuesday when outside linebacker Owen Pappoe gave his commitment to the SEC powerhouse. 

Per Chad Simmons of Rivals.com, Pappoe explained why he picked the Tigers over Georgia:    

"I have been thinking about this for a long time, so it was really a pretty easy decision. In my mind, I had it down to Auburn and Georgia, then in mid-March, I knew where I wanted to go. I had made my decision.

"It came down to the comfort level at Auburn and how I can come in and make an immediate impact at linebacker. I could even start as a freshman, so that played into it some, but it really came down to how me and family feel about Auburn."

Pappoe is a 5-star recruit, the No. 1 outside linebacker and the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. 

His commitment is a huge win for head coach Gus Malzahn, especially considering the school that was Auburn's main competition for the star defensive playmaker. 

Georgia is riding a wave of momentum after beating the Tigers in the SEC Championship Game last season and defeating the Oklahoma Sooners in the Rose Bowl before losing in overtime to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff Championship Game. 

The Bulldogs had the nation's top-ranked recruiting class this year, per 247Sports' composite team rankings. Auburn wasn't too far behind at No. 12. 

It's still early in the 2019 recruiting season, but Pappoe is the sixth commitment for the Tigers. 

After coming up short against Georgia in last year's SEC title game, Malzahn and his staff are putting themselves in a great position to get back on top of the conference and into the national title conversation.

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