Lineman looking at options

Arizona recently offered defensive lineman Claude Pelon. Read on for his thoughts on Arizona, his overall recruitment, and more.

Mesa Community College 2014 defensive tackle Claude Pelon possesses the size that makes college recruiters salivate, but he still hasn't given much thought to his recruitment.

"Not a lot is going on right now," Pelon said. "I'm basically just working out hard and working on a lot of the little things.

"I'm a big guy and I can get away with a lot of stuff in junior college that I won't be able to at the next level, so I am working on my leverage and hand placement is my top priority right now."

Many of the top schools in the country are recruiting Pelon, but he says there isn't a school that has an advantage, including the in-state schools.

"I hear from a lot of schools," Pelon said. "I like a lot of them but there isn't one that has the lead.

"I've been to Arizona State a couple different times and it was fun. The coaches say they think I can make an immediate impact, which is something I want to do.

"Arizona has been recruiting me as well and said some of the same things. I'm not quite as familiar with them, but I'm guessing I will be hearing more from them."

Pelon knows what he wants from any prospective school.

"My relationship with the coaches will be key," Pelon said. "In a way they kind of control a football player and their future and I want to have complete faith that whatever school I choose will have coaches I trust.

"Game day environment and the team getting along is also key. I want to go somewhere where the fans love football and the players are on the same page."

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman doesn't plan on making a quick decision and will take five visits before making his selection.

"Like I said earlier, I'm not even thinking about recruiting," he said. "I'll take my visits when the time comes and then I will go from there."


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