Pagano Goes In-Depth on Wisconsin

Wisconsin has had some limited success recruiting the Hawaiian Islands and first year linebackers coach Andy Buh is already making an impact on four-star Honolulu defensive tackle Scott Pagano.

MADISON - Although it hasn't been a lush recruiting landscape for them over the last two decades, Wisconsin has had some luck landing football players from the state of Hawaii. The Badgers were able to find James Kamoku, R.J. Morse, and Donovan Raiola and all three had productive careers for the Badgers.

Having recruited the islands during his time at Stanford and Nevada, first year linebackers coach Andy Buh is trying to get the Badgers reestablished in Hawaii, and is targeting the highly-sought Scott Pagano, a four-star defensive tackle from Moanalua HS in Honolulu. Pagano has a total of 43 offers. Some of his offers include LSU (who he proclaims as his favorite), Florida State, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Oregon.

Recently Buh and the Badgers joined the already long list for Pagano services when the Badgers extended a scholarship offer to Pagano.

"Andy Buh called me on the phone because he watched my film and we talked about my film," Pagano told Badger Nation. "Buh told me that he thought the film was good. He told me that he liked my motor, strength, and the speed for my size. After he told me that he offered me a scholarship. He also told me that he and the Badgers would be more then happy to have me come to Wisconsin."

Pagano (6-4, 275 pounds) may not know a lot about Wisconsin but he's learning more about the Badgers from Buh while the two start to form a good relationship. Pagano would like to try and make a visit to see the Badgers.

"I know the Badgers are a BCS team and that they have a good defense and that they have a good defensive line," said Pagano, who is originally from San Diego. "I also know they went to back to back Rose Bowls and that they are trying to get back to a third Rose Bowl this coming season. If I do visit Wisconsin it would be an official visit.

"I usually talk with coach Buh twice a week. We don't always talk about football, which is nice. We also talk about school, what I enjoy doing on weekends, some of my likes and dislikes."

The Badgers are currently in his top 15 of schools right now, as Pagano lists LSU, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Ole Miss and South Carolina. Pagano would like to narrow down his list of schools soon though.

"I would like to make a top 10 list sometime in July," said Pagano, who is planning on visiting Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and South Carolina this summer. "I know what some schools will be in the top 10 but I have to figure out who the rest of the colleges will be."

Although he still has time to trim his list, Pagano knows what he's looking for in each school.

"When I narrow my schools down I want the schools to have good academics," Pagano said. "I want to study sports therapy which Wisconsin has. I also want the university to have a good atmosphere and a nice community."


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