|4-Star DT picks Tigers over SEC powers|
|by David Hood - Senior Writer - Tuesday, July 24, 2012 8:09 PM||
Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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The Tigers already have commits from several solid defensive ends and the addition of Pagano - a 6-3, 280-pounder of Honolulu (HI) Moanalua – helps begin the process of rebuilding in the middle of the line.
Pagano told TigerNet that he almost didn’t make the trip to Clemson last weekend for the All In Cookout because he was tired from a week of visits that included LSU, Alabama and Florida.
“To be honest, I didn’t even want to go to Clemson,” Pagano said. “I was just too tired. My mom was like, ‘Scotty, I am telling you, this is the school for you.’ And we made it up there, and it was unbelievable. I had a great time on Friday, and then we went back on Saturday for a tour. It is so well-structured there, and they set you up for success. I went back on Sunday, and I told them I would be playing ball for them.”
Pagano said Swinney had a more than positive reaction.
“He told he was so fired up that he could do cartwheels and hug my neck,” he said.Pagano said that he wanted to go ahead and make his announcement because he knew Clemson was the place he wanted to play.
“I just had to wait so long to announce, and to make a decision, and I knew it was the right time,” he said. “I knew Clemson was the school for me.”
Pagano is rated as the sixth-best defensive in the 2013 recruiting class by Rivals, which also has him as the No. 104-rated player overall.
Pagano had around 50 offers, and said he was pleased to be a part of a great recruiting class at Clemson.
“To have a guy like Robert Nkemdiche Robert Nkemdiche
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Pagano is the 15th commitment for the class of 2013.
Name POS Ht/Wt Hometown Robert Nkemdiche DE 6-5/275 Loganville, GA Ryan Jenkins WR/DB 5-11/177 Alpharetta, GA Tyshon Dye RB 6-1/210 Elberton, GA Wayne Gallman RB 6-1/195 Loganville, GA Ben Boulware OLB 6-1/230 Anderson, SC Dane Rogers DE/TE 6-3/245 Shelby, NC Jordan Leggett TE/ATH 6-6/235 Navarre, FL Dorian O'Daniel OLB/RB 6-1/205 Olney, MD Demarcus Robinson WR 6-2/200 Fort Valley, GA Elijah Daniel DE 6-4/255 Avon, IN Scott Pagano DT 6-4/280 Honolulu, HI D.J. Greenlee LB/WR 6-2/210 Central, SC Jadar Johnson DB/S 6-1/180 Orangeburg, SC David Kamara CB 5-11/185 Loganville, GA Maverick Morris OT 6-5/290 Douglas, GA
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