The top 2013 recruit out of the state of Hawaii, Scott Pagano, might ultimately end up at Clemson. According to The Post and Courier, Pagano plans on visiting the ACC school this month. Living in Hawaii can make recruiting trips difficult, but a major recruiting trip will help Pagano narrow his list soon.
He called Clemson a really good program in a power conference.
“I’m going to LSU, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Clemson and South Carolina if things work out,” he said. “I’ve got family in South Carolina so that could work out real well,” Pagano said. “They’re both really good programs. I want to play in a power conference and Clemson is in the ACC and South Carolina is in the SEC.”
While the SEC was his “number one” conference just two weeks ago, Clemson message boards were abuzz this week with the idea that the top defensive tackle prospect in the country could be swayed toward the ACC and their school.
As a junior, the 6-4, 280 LB DT had 72 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks. He’s projected to be an interior defensive lineman on the collegiate level.
According to Rivals.com, Clemson’s 2013 commits currently rank them 21st in the country. Adding a four-star talent in Pagano would give the school a fourth high-end caliber player commitment before the season begins. Currently, Michigan, Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, and Notre Dame have the five best classes. Among ACC schools, Florida State and Virginia both currently rank ahead of Clemson.
The initial scholarship offer from Clemson to Pagano was extended in early May, according to Hale McGranahan of CUTigers.com.
Many have speculated that family ties in South Carolina have contributed to Pagano’s interest in both Clemson and South Carolina.
Laces Out will have the news when Pagano makes a decision.
Joe Giglio is the ACC and Big East football writer for Rant Sports.
Joe is also the host of Charm City Sports Talk on WNST.net in Baltimore and member of the Society of American Baseball Research.