One of the nation’s top-ranked defensive ends confirmed to the AJC on late Thursday night that he is no longer committed to Clemson, and now favoring Georgia.
It was a brief conversation with Jeoffrey Pagan, the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder from Asheville, N.C. who is ranked as the county’s No. 4 strongside defensive end by Rivals. Pagan was publicly leaning to Georgia earlier this month, but committed to Clemson while he was on an official visit with the Tigers on Jan. 16.
For starters — and most importantly — Pagan cleared up any confusion about whether or not he was still committed to Clemson on Thursday. “I’m not committed anymore,” he said.
Secondly, Pagan was asked if he was favoring Georgia. “Oh yes, I’m excited about Georgia.”
Pagan then said he had to go because he was on the other line (presumably with college coaches). However, we threw him one last question: What about the rumors that he has already secretly committed to Georgia? Pagan paused for a moment, and then simply said, “Naw, no rumors …
“I’m sorry, I have to go, I’m real busy. I will talk more at another time.”
Pagan originally committed to the Florida Gators last April, but backed off it in November after Florida’s defensive line coach was hired away by another school. Alabama, Tennessee and Florida (again) are some of the other colleges that Pagan has mentioned within the last month.
Pagan also suffered a season-ending knee injury during his senior year of high school football, and is still recovering from surgery.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting