Scott Pagano talks Vanderbilt offer

Although Scott Pagano lives on the island of O'ahu and attends Moanalua High School in Salt Lake, a suburban neighborhood in Honolulu, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive lineman is well-known by recruiters in the 48 contiguous states. He holds 37 scholarship offers from colleges in states outside of Hawaii with his latest offer coming last week by way of the Vanderbilt Commodores.


"It was last Thursday when I talked with Coach Spencer about Vanderbilt," said Scott Pagano. "He said, ‘hey Scott, we want to reach out to you. Your tape was very impressive. For a guy your size, you move extremely well. You're very, very athletic with a good motor. We liked everything we saw and want to offer you a scholarship'."

Pagano admits he doesn't know a lot about the Commodore program, but the good news is they televise SEC games in The Aloha State.

"Last year I remember watching them play very well against Florida, one the SEC powerhouses," Pagano said. "They really impressed me in that game. I was shocked when they offered me because it's so far away. I consider it a blessing. I'm going to continue talking with the coaches and develop a good connection with them."

Among Pagano's 38 offers, three are from the SEC--LSU, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt. He says he's receiving heavy interest from Alabama, Georgia, and Ole Miss.

"It doesn't matter to me where I play," Pagano remarked. "I like the SEC because they run the ball a lot. I'm the type of defensive lineman who likes it when they run inside. It gives me a chance to make big plays.

"I made one visit to Texas this spring to Baylor where I received an offer. In June I'm planning a West Coast trip to visit Arizona, Arizona State, the California schools, Washington, Washington State, and Colorado. If I make a trip to the South or the East it will be on an official visit. I'm planning on taking all five of my visits before I make my commitment."

A starter since his freshman season for the Moanalua Menehunes, Pagano continued to dominate the O'ahu Red-East Conference as a junior. Pagano was named First Team All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention for the 2011 season.

"I play the three-technique and the five-technique," said Pagano. "Last year I made 72 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

"In the off-season I'm working on my pass rush technique. I'm trying to develop it from just a bullrush by increasing my size and speed."

While in Texas this spring, Pagano competed at the Nike Football Training Camp in Dallas. He was selected as one of the top defensive linemen and named to the All-Combine team.

Pagano was born in San Diego, but has lived most of his life in Honolulu after his father, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, became stationed at Pearl Harbor.

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