Brooks visits former Florida commit

Clemson defensive tackle coach Dan Brooks saw one of the most highly sought after defensive ends in the country earlier this week.

DE Jeoffrey Pagan Profile

Clemson defensive line coach Dan Brooks stopped by Asheville High School earlier this week to see senior defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan, who recently decided to call an end to his Florida commitment.

Pagan de-committed shortly after the Gators' former defensive line coach Dan McCarney took over the program at North Texas.

"The main reason that I have decided to de-commit from UF is because of the uncertainty regarding their defensive line coaching vacancy created by coach McCarney's departure," Pagan told CUTigers. "I had a good relationship with coach McCarney and wish him nothing but the best in the future."

Along with Clemson, several schools are currently under evaluation.

"At this point I am trying to sift through everything and finalize my top five teams that I will visit," Pagan said. "I am not ready to release this list yet, but I am strongly considering Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas."

Distance from home doesn't appear to be a factor anymore.

"There was a time during my recruiting process that I felt like I might want to stay closer to home, but as of right now distance is not a factor," he said. "So while Clemson and Tennessee are close to Asheville, I would not necessarily say that distance will be a deciding factor."

Pagan tore an ACL and PCL earlier this season. He's already had surgery to repair the knee injury.

"My knee is doing well. I have started physical therapy and I am just working hard on building everything back up," he said.

While still committed to Florida, the Scout.com four-star rated, No. 10 ranked defensive end visited Clemson earlier this season for the Miami game.


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