Pelon Sets High Goals

Preparing for his final junior college season, Mesa (AZ) Community College defensive tackle Claude Pelon talks about his latest offer from Wisconsin.

Defensive lineman Claude Pelon is already a four-star recruit, a massive 6-5, 275-pound athlete who has finally found a comfortable home at Mesa (AZ) Community College. And because of that, Pelon is setting his goals as high as he can possibly place them entering his final season in junior college.

"Everyone wants to play solid football, but I want to be great," Pelon told Badger Nation. "I want to have a solid year on offense and defense and put up big numbers to get big offers."

The big offers are already rolling in, as Pelon saw his scholarship total jump to nine on Friday when Wisconsin extended him a scholarship.

"I was in the weight room working out and my coach told me that I got an offer from Wisconsin," said Pelon. "I am big on them. They are Big Ten champions and a big powerhouse. That's a place I can see myself playing at."

Like most junior college players Wisconsin is recruiting in the 2014 recruiting class, Pelon is being recruited by secondary coach Bill Busch.

"He was the one who called me coach to tell him they had offered me and they were ready to make that move," said Pelon. "I know a little bit about them, that they have success on offense and they have a lot of success on defense."

Pelon labels himself as a ‘hybrid' player, able to play at either defensive tackle or defensive end depending on the type of defense or the formation of the offense. It's one of the main reasons he believes he has grabbed offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Florida State, Indiana, South Florida, USC and Washington.

"I pride myself on being very diverse on where I play," said Pelon. "I've also played some inside and outside linebacker, so I'll play wherever coaches think I fit and transition me from a JUCO player into a big-time player."

Originally from Florida, Pelon played last season at Eastern Arizona before saying he got kicked out, although he didn't elaborate. While he hasn't played a snap yet this season, he said finally finding a home at Mesa Community College has changed his life.

"It's been a challenge and I have been challenge a lot in my life," said Pelon. "I'm glad that I am here. Mesa is more structured and is about change. The coaches are great, the players are great and Mesa is probably one of the best things that has ever happened to me."

Pelon is on pace to graduate in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2013 football season. He plans to start narrowing his list in September and make a decision in October.

"I don't know how many official visits I'll take," said Pelon, "but I am plan on taking some visits."

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