Pagano is much more than a workout warrior as he earned HM all-state honors as a junior and shows up very well on film. He's a big, strong kid who can get up the field and has a motor. He uses his hands well and has a very big upside to him.
"Things are going really well right now, I just got offered by Utah and Washington State today," Pagano said. "UCLA offered on Wednesday and Cal sounds like they could be on the verge. Hawaii was my first offer, they offered last summer and I also have Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah State, BYU and Pitt.
"Chip Kelly is supposed to make the Oregon offer official next week. I talked to Coach Azz [Jerry Azzinaro- DL coach) and he told me I had an offer but I know Coach Kelly has to approve it. Right now, I'm not ready to name any leaders, I want to play out my high school season and then take all my visits in December and January."
While Pagano isn't ready to name leaders, he does have some schools in mind that he would like to visit.
"I for sure want to visit Oregon," Pagano said. "Washington, Oregon State and Cal are some other schools I'm interested in seeing. I'm going to camp with Oregon and Oregon State in the summer and I really want to get picked for The Opening at the NIKE Campus as well.
"I'm also hearing from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Florida and Illinois and I'm hoping to hear more from schools like USC, Stanford, Ohio State, Florida State, Michigan and Clemson. Of all those schools, I'm really interested in Clemson. I have some family who went there and it's a big time football program. I like their style of play and their defense a lot so hopefully they'll start to show some interest."
Pagano, who is originally from San Diego but moved to Hawaii 10 years ago, said there are several factors he's looking for in a school.
"I'm looking for a strong football program where I'll have a strong relationship with the coaches," Pagano said. "I would like to play as a true freshman and academics are important too. I want to major in sports medicine or mechanical engineering. Basically, I'm looking for the best combination of football and academics and where I'll feel most comfortable."