Profile: Jeoffrey Pagan
Location: Asheville, N.C.
High School: Asheville
Position: Defensive End
Pagan is a gifted athlete with a high ceiling on the defensive line. He dominates now much because of his size and athleticism, so once he develops technique at defensive end, he could be scary.
He gets off the ball very quickly and has shown great anticipation. His first step gets him into the defender or around the defender before he knows how to react much of the time.
He pursues the ball well because of his strength and speed. He locates the ball and really attacks it. He has that burst when he finds the ball and goes into the seek and destroy mode. On the edge against the run, he also contains the play well. He plays fairly fast, but stays in control and maintains his lane against the run.
His hand use is solid, but can still improve. He has great length, so if he keeps his hands active, he should be able to disengage fairly easily on the high school level. He is strong, but can play stronger. He pops out of his stance a little too quickly at times and does drive the lineman in front of him into the backfield or dip that shoulder to get around the edge without going too far outside the tackle. He can close down the angle and get to the quarterback a half second faster by staying low, firing off the ball, and using his strength.
The biggest area for improvement is just technique. He can work on his stance, his knee-bend, and his placement to make him even better off the ball. If he starts off a little lower and places his legs where he can be a little more explosive, then he can be even more of a disruptive end on the next level.
Pagan is a gifted athlete with a lot of potential. He is already a dominant force on the defensive line and can be so much better. He has only played defensive end for one year and he can improve on so many little things to take his game to another level. He is so athlete and he has a frame that could land him at defensive end, tight end, or even defensive tackle in college.
He plays with a lot of energy, he is aggressive, and he is athletic, he is great in pursuit, and he is physical. There are a lot of things about Pagan that college coaches are going to love.
Over 30 schools offered Pagan and he chose the Florida Gators over all of them on Saturday April 10 at UF's spring game. He liked Alabama, North Carolina, and a list of other schools, but the Gators really blew him away in The Swamp and that ended it for the number two prospect in North Carolina.
Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.