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No. 1 OLB Owen Pappoe commits to Auburn over Texas, others

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The Longhorns impressed the Georgia product on his visit, but it wasn’t enough.

Owen Pappoe

Kenyatta Watson II wasn’t the only Texas Longhorns target from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson to announce on Atlanta television on Tuesday, as outside linebacker Owen Pappoe also made his decision, choosing the Auburn Tigers over the Texas Longhorns and a host of other schools.

The 6’2, 211-pounder took an official visit to Austin with Watson over the weekend and was emphatic about how much he enjoyed the trip:

On Monday, teammate Wanya Morris teased fans with a picture of Pappoe wearing burnt orange and throwing his horns up:

As it often the case, however, the picture was an effort to build up drama surrounding a recruitment that featured Auburn, Georgia, and Tennessee as the serious contenders down the stretch.

But while that single visit to Austin ultimately wasn’t enough to pull Pappoe out of the Southeast, it did demonstrate how much success Texas can have impressing prospects on official visits, even top national recruits.

That’s never a bad thing, especially when the recruit involved happens to play at a powerhouse high school like Grayson that regularly produces high-level prospects.

Texas currently holds a commitment from standout California linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd and is in pursuit of other top prospects, including Katy Cinco Ranch’s David Gbenda.