The offer list that Asheville, N.C. defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan sports is as good as any junior’s in the nation.
With 24 offers under his belt, including the likes of Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ohio State and USC, Pagan is quickly becoming the talk of the Carolinas.
“It gets kind of heavy on me, but I am enjoying the process,” Pagan said. “Right now there is no pressure to decide, so I am just taking it all in.”
Ranked as the No. 13 defensive end in the country, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Pagan was one of the first out-of-state offers the staff sent out for 2011. While he has yet to visit Baton Rouge, the early scholarship caught his attention enough to keep up with the Tigers throughout last fall.
“That offer came in September, and it was one of the first ones that I picked up,” Pagan said. “They have sent some more stuff since then, but there has not been a whole lot of contact. The schools closer to home are the ones that I have been in personal discussions with the most.”
While it is still early in the big picture for 2011, Pagan’s recruiting calendar could see an early end.
“I am thinking of deciding as early as April, but it could happen during one of the summer months,” he said. “I want to get it out of the way before the season starts. I just want to have my focus on the field.”
If Pagan hopes to catch a weekend on the LSU campus before his decision comes, it will need to happen during the spring period.
“I don’t think I am doing any camps,” he said. “I just plan on making unofficial visits during the spring, and then maybe some over the summer. LSU is a place that I have said that I wanted to check out, so now I just have to get things set up and see if the travel and timing will work out.”
When it comes to making his decision, Pagan said that early playing time and talent development will both play big roles.
“I would love to play early, so I look at each school and what they offer there,” he said. “Pretty much every coach that has talked with me tells me about the success they have had with putting defensive ends into the NFL, so that is another thing.
“Distance won’t be a factor, especially since I have so many options,” he added. “Right now I am feeling kind of the same about a lot of places. I won’t start narrowing things down until some more visits have happened.”