March 22, 2010

Pagan taking time, trips in recruiting process

Asheville, N.C., defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan describes the recruiting process as slow. But that isn't necessarily the case. He just chooses to dial down all the hoopla regarding his recruitment.

"It's been slow lately, but it's been a lot of fun," Pagan said. "I'm taking it kind of slow. It's coming at me fast, but I'm taking my time in reading the letters and things like that. I'll read mail every couple of days, but I don't get in a rush to take a look at everything."

Pagan will take his approaching spring break to visit several different schools. He's also going to making trips over the next month to see practices and the spring games that serve as the conclusions to colleges camps.

"I'm going to go see a couple of schools in South Carolina," Pagan said. "Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida. Schools that I find interesting."

He plans on approaching each school with a select set of guidelines that he'll be looking for.

"Somewhere that has good tradition," Pagan said. "A place with crazy fans and a place that really loves the school and the program. I'm looking for a place that I can spend not just four years, but a lifetime. Because I'm going to be tied to that school forever."

Pagan will visit Tennessee on April 17 for the Orange and White game. And after a very favorable visit to Knoxville last month, he's pumped to get back across the Smoky Mountains.

"I'm really looking forward to that," Pagan said. "I got a pretty good feel for the academic side of things and the football facilities. I'd like to see more of the school like the dorms and things like that really."

The chance to get coached by new Vols defensive line coach Chuck Smith is also a strong positive for Tennessee.

"He talks to my coach and he wants to see me back down there," Pagan said. "He's really down to earth and someone I can see coaching me."

Pagan spends his days in one of two places. He's working hard on improving his 1410 SAT score. He plans on testing again next month or in May. If his head isn't in a book, then it's in the weight room.

"I work out at least twice a day," Pagan said. "I work out once at school and then once after school at the YMCA. I work on my entire body. My lower body is already strong, but I work on my upper body and get more explosive."

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