Pagan Drawing Major Interest

At 6-4 and 242 pounds Ashville (NC) defensive end standout Jeoffrey Pagan is starting to garner consideration for the state's top high school football player. Pagan is very athletic for a player of his size running in the 4.6 range and has equally impressive strength numbers with a bench press of 275, power clean of 305 and squat of 475.

Jeoffrey Pagan holds offers from Western Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke and the University of Florida. He is also drawing interest from Alabama, USC, UCLA, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Georgia, Tennessee and Georgia Tech.

Pagan finished his junior season with 52 tackles, 11 for loss, roughly 14 sacks and two interceptions one returned 85 yards outrunning the running back and quarterback on his way to the end zone. He played wide receiver two years ago and this past year played primarily defensive end but did see time at fullback and tight end. Pagan talked about the kind of player that he is and the things he would like to improve on moving into his senior season.

"I am the type of player that does what's necessary for my team to be successful. I am explosive and never give up. I would say that I am tenacious and I am a very hard worker and relentless to the ball. I am very balanced going inside or outside with a speed rush or power rush. I need to work on my speed stamina, strength and keep working on having my motor going all the time like Jarrod Allen. I want to go 100 percent."

Western Carolina was his first offer but it was his latest offer (Florida) that had him spinning.

"My jaw dropped and I was astonished and could not believe the news. I felt that my hard work is starting to pay off and I worked very hard this past off season and think it's starting to pay off. First person I told the news was my mom and it was incredible. She thought I said Miami and I said NO mom it's the Florida Gators and she flipped out on the phone and she was excited. It was almost like she won the lottery."

Pagan had not yet visited Gainesville but talked about his impressions of the program.

"I know they have a great fan base a ton of prestige and championships and they are in the running every year for the title. If not the best one of the best football coaches in the nation. just an overall good place to play at. I like a school with diehard fans and a great stadium. I just want to be able to play and get on the field. The facilities are important and I want to get a good feel for the school overall."

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