When it comes to defensive line prospects Jeoffrey Pagan will be one of the most sought after defensive end prospects in the Class of 2011. Pagan, 6-4 and 250 pounds, will be one of those players with scholarship offers from all the top programs from coast to coast. According to his head coach Danny Wilkins, they didn't see this coming.
"The good news just keeps coming," Wilkins said. "He got offered by Notre Dame and USC over the weekend and Florida State's offer came in the mail today. "Quite frankly, we are stunned. But he knows this is such a great opportunity for him. Now he just has to figure it all out."
Pagan finished his junior campaign with 54 solo tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, five sacks, and two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). He also played tight end and fullback for his Asheville High School team in North Carolina.
"Jeoffrey is relentless out there. Watch the film and you will see that. The coaches have seen that. That kid just keeps coming at you. He could miss the QB or get on the ground, but he's right back up trying to make a play. He so athletic and constantly disrupts the offense. Jeoffrey is just so explosive out there."
When you do watch the film, Pagan's athleticism just jumps right out. After all, it's hard to find big men that can move around like he does.
"I think my strength is my versatility. I can do a bunch of different things. I can be an X wide receiver or be a defensive end. I have good speed and I am athletic."
Even Pagan is a little taken aback by all the attention but he now realizes what lies ahead.
"I just feel very grateful. Like Florida State just offered me today. I thank them for having the interest in me. They are the second Florida school to offer (Gators have offered already). I will evaluate them, along with USC, Notre Dame and all the others and just go from there.
"But to be honest, I never thought this would happen to me like this."
Western Carolina was the first school to offer Pagan. North Carolina was the first major offer for this athletic defensive end. Along the way, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and others have all offered. So where does he stand in the recruiting process?
"Right now I am pretty open with everyone. I am looking at playing time because I don't want to sit around. I also want to be comfortable with the surrounding and pick a place where I feel comfortable. Location is not a factor for me."
So far Pagan has taken in unofficial visits to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina and NC State. Over spring break he's hoping to see Florida, Alabama, USC and maybe some others.