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Pepper still holds five offers

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Defensive end Nathan Pepper still holds five offers, and the South Carolina prospect may be on the verge of more. Does he have a favorite?
"I'd say Kentucky still stands out because they've been recruiting me so long," said Pepper. "They're also recruiting a few of my teammates, so that's working in their favor. I've been up there so I know they have good coaches and good facilities, and I think I could play pretty early in the SEC.
"But there are definitely others that have my attention too. I'll look at the schools a little bit closer to home, especially South Carolina. I like their coaches and football is real big there. Being close to home I know a lot of the guys that they've recruited, so I feel comfortable with them."
Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Duke and Vanderbilt have all offered Pepper. While Kentucky may hold the lead, with South Carolina perhaps not too far behind, two schools just north of the Palmetto State are planning on making a strong push for Pepper.
"Duke has great academics and the coaching staff sounds really excited and focused on building a good football team. And I've known about North Carolina for a while too now. I know they've struggled the past couple of years but they'll start to win again. They've put a lot of guys into the NFL."
When does Pepper plan on setting up any of his official visits?
"That's something I probably won't wait too long to do, but I'm not sure I'm ready to set them up just yet. I'll probably wait a few weeks, get settled with this school year just starting, and then think about recruiting."
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive end from Greenville, S.C. runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds and is rated the No. 24 player in South Carolina.
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