UGA offers football scholarship to 8th grader from Atlanta

8th grader Owen Pappoe (AJC/Michael Carvell)

8th grader Owen Pappoe (AJC/Michael Carvell)

UGA has offered a football scholarship to a middle schooler.

Owen Pappoe, who will start his freshman season at Grayson High School later this summer, was offered by UGA’s Mark Richt on Friday, his coach told the AJC via text message.

And as crazy as it sounds, UGA isn’t even close to being the first offer to the 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety known as “The Freak.”

Pappoe also has extra early scholarship offers from Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina, Miami, Kentucky, Boston College, Michigan, and West Virginia.

UGA has offered a middle schooler before. Two years ago, the Bulldogs extended a scholarship offer to Dylan Moses of Baton Rouge, La., after the middle schooler tested well at Dawg Night prospect camp. Moses is currently committed to LSU.

When is the last time that UGA has offered a middle schooler from the state of Georgia? No records are kept, and that is not really known. Pappoe could be the first.

Pappoe could not be reached for comment on Friday because he was at UGA camp. He was actually offered by the Bulldogs on Thursday, but Richt wanted to meet with Pappoe’s father in person on Friday to make it official, per his coach.

  • RELATED: How early is too early to recruit kids? We asked that question this spring to many of the nation’s top college coaches that you can read RIGHT HERE.


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