February 4, 2010

Pagan wants to get meaner

Jeoffrey Pagan has a personal goal this fall. But his has nothing to do with statistics. He wants to get meaner.

"I've got to work on my speed, but I'm going to work on my mean streak, too," Pagan said in an interview with UGASports. "Some of my teammates say I'm not mean enough, so I'm going to try and show them a little more next year."

College coaches don't appear to have any issues with how the 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end from Asheville, N.C. plays the game.

Pagan is quickly moving up the list as one of the country's better defensive end, with offers already on the table from Florida, Clemson and Georgia, which he visited for Junior Day just over a week ago.

Although Pagan didn't arrive until late in the afternoon, he liked what he saw.

Pagan said he met for 30 minutes with head coach Mark Richt, who offered him a scholarship, after also spending time getting to know new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

It was during his meeting with Grantham that the former Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach popped in a tape of All-Pro Demarcus Ware.

"He (Grantham) told me he would use me the same way on defense here," Pagan said. "He said he saw a lot of similarities in me as he does in him (Ware)."

Pagan was surprised to hear the comparison.

"That really gave a boost to my confidence, that maybe I might be better than what I think I am," said Pagan, who played wide receiver before he moved to defensive end. "To hear a pro coach tell you that really makes you feel good."

Pagan, who had 54 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and four sacks last year for Asheville High, has several visits planned in the coming weeks, including ones to Florida (Feb. 13) and Clemson (Feb. 20). He also hopes to visit North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

Grantham also talked to Pagan about how he would fit into the Bulldogs' new 3-4 scheme.

"He said they would use me on the outside like Demarcus Ware, the Will backer," Pagan said. "I would put my hand down occasionally, but mainly I'd play standing up. That would be a change, but that's how they see me fitting into their program. I'd just need to see how I would do there."

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