Owen Pappoe had the well earned nickname of “The Freak” in high school. He eliminated any doubts that the nickname embodied his skillset when he put up the highest SPARQ score ever recorded at an Opening event two springs ago. That record lasted exactly one year. Auburn’s newest signee, 4* LB Wesley Steiner, broke Pappoe’s number this past summer at The Opening.
There are some serious athletes in Auburn’s linebacker corps right now folks.
Steiner’s recruitment was one that picked up in a hurry this past spring. Stanford was seen as the favorite early in his recruitment and given Auburn’s past failures going up against the PAC-12 program, it was understandable for Auburn folks to be leery of the Tigers’ ability to land the nation’s #5 athlete. But a visit to Big Cat Weekend changed everything. He elected to jump on board in July, announcing his pledge at that same previously mentioned The Opening event.
Isaiah 12:1-6...— Wesley Steiner (@ItsYa_Boi_Wes) July 2, 2019
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As you might have picked up on already, Steiner is a tremendous athlete. With a stocky 6’0” 220 lb build, Steiner can bring the pain when he meets a ball carrier. A cerebral player, Steiner’s combination of instincts and explosiveness make him a nightmare to block. He also has spent time on the offensive side of the ball for Houston County where he rushed for over 1,200 career yards. However, in 2019 he spent most of his time on the defensive side of the ball where he created absolute havoc for opposing offenses. Not sure if his future is at weak side or middle linebacker but I fully expect to see Steiner on the field in 2020 even if it’s just blowing up return men on special teams
War Eagle Wesley!