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Owen Pappoe, a top-5 player overall in the Class of 2019, named his group of three finalists on Tuesday, which includes Clemson.

Clemson recruiting: Tigers make final 3 for top-3 recruit Owen Pappoe

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Owen Pappoe drops his top 3, Clemson included

One of the highest-ranked players in the Class of 2019 — period — dropped a list of three finalists on Tuesday night, and Clemson’s right in the thick of things.

Owen Pappoe, the No. 3 overall player in the class per the 247Sports composite and the highest-ranked outside linebacker in the country, made his announcement via Twitter.

The Tigers are joined by Georgia and Nebraska in making the final cut for the Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High product.

“Owen Pappoe is an elite outside linebacker prospect in the 2019 class,” Pappoe’s 247Sports profile reads. “He’s very athletic and can track plays sideline to sideline, while also being able to cover backs and tight ends. He’s an impressive tester with a 40[-yard dash] time in the 4.5 [seconds]. While he’s not the biggest linebacker prospect, he’s shown a knack for fighting off blocks from larger opponents to make plays in the run game.”

Pappoe went in-depth regarding his decisions to Rivals’ Chad Simmons, and like a good number of recruits say when they’re discussing Clemson, he emphasized the success the Tigers have had.

“Clemson is one of the top power programs in the country,” Pappoe told Simmons. “They are putting players into the NFL, they are winning a lot and I like the coaches there. I love how they are recruiting, the type of players they are bringing in, and I do not see them slowing down at all.

“They like me as their outside linebacker that they move around, and I could see myself being very successful in that position, so how I could be used there stands out to me, too.”

Pappoe said he doesn’t have a true leader yet, but he’ll commit when he determines his destination — whenever that ends up being.

Brendan Radley-Hiles de-commits from Nebraska

Four-star corner Brendan Radley-Hiles made some waves via Twitter on Tuesday night, as well, but for a much different reason. Radley-Hiles tweeted he is de-committing from Nebraska.

Radley-Hiles visited Oklahoma last week, and he made a trip to Clemson in September for the Auburn game along with a few of his IMG Academy teammates (and Clemson commits): Xavier Thomas and Mike Jones. Those two have been doing their part to sway him, as if that wasn’t obvious by Thomas’ reaction on Twitter shortly after the announcement.

Oklahoma and Clemson figure to be the two schools most heavily involved now, and I’d be shocked if he didn’t decide to go with one of them. He will be back at Death Valley on Nov. 18 for the game against the Citadel, which will be stuffed to the brim with a marquee list of visitors.

Derion Kendrick shines

It’s not often that Trevor Lawrence’s stats from the weekend before don’t get mentioned, but this is one of those times. His Cartersville (Ga.) team had a bye last week. They’ll be back in action this week, however. Lawrence has already broken Deshaun Watson’s career passing yardage record in the state of Georgia, and he needs just 2 touchdown passes to break Watson’s record in that category, as well.

But Derion Kendrick did play, and he led South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) to yet another win on Friday. He completed 10 of 14 passes for 170 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and he picked up 145 yards on the ground with 2 more touchdowns to pilot South Pointe to its 41-27 region-clinching win against York.

Also impressive was Clemson kicker commit B.T. Potter. Every kickoff was a touchback. With this kind of leg strength, is it much of a surprise?

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