DE Jeoffrey Pagan (6-4 250) of Asheville met Thursday with Tennessee coach Derek Dooley. Several other schools have had recruiters in to see Pagan this week but Dooley is the first head coach to meet with him this month. Clemson, LSU, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina have been in according to his coach Danny Wilkins. Pagan will make an official visit to Georgia this weekend. Though he is out with a knee injury, he will attend the Shrine Bowl next week and the Army All American game the first week of January. He will visit Clemson January 14th and LSU on the 21st. He’s considering Alabama and Tennessee for that last official visit. Pagan was once committed to Florida but his coach said he’s no longer considering the Gators. There is no favorite. “He said that everybody has got great football, academics and support,” coach Wilkins said. “He said it’s going to come down to relationships.” Wilkins does not expect a decision from Pagan until close to Signing Day.
OL Josue Matias (6-5 299) of Union City, NJ met with USC assistant coach G.A. Mangus yesterday and says he is planning an official visit to USC in January. “We talked about their need at lineman and some other stuff,” said Matias. “What interests me in South Carolina is their campus, their tradition, and their coaches.” Matias has narrowed his list to five. They are USC, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Florida State, and North Carolina. Coaches from each school have been in to visit Matias over the last week. “I’ve had some many coaches come by I don’t even remember who all has been here,” he joked. “But all five of my favorites have come see me.” Florida State will be in next week for an in-home visit. Matias has already taken official visits to Wisconsin and North Carolina and is planning trips to USC, FSU, and Rutgers. He canceled a scheduled visit to Florida for this weekend and has eliminated the Gators from his list. Matias says he does not have a favorite.
LB Travis Hughes (6-1 228) of Virginia Beach, VA will receive a visit from Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele in his home on Saturday, according to Hughes’ father Tony. He has already received visits from Clemson last Wednesday, North Carolina last Thursday, Virginia Tech last Sunday, and Maryland was in last week as well. Tony Hughes says these are his son’s final four schools as Hughes has eliminated Virginia. Hughes will make his decision on Saturday, December 18th. His father says Ralph Friedgen of Maryland and Butch Davis of North Carolina will also visit Hughes next week. “After we talk to all of the coaches and see what they have to offer, we will sit down and make a decision,” said his father. “It’s going to be tough because they are all outstanding programs. We want to see who can best help him get to the next level.” He did not indicate a favorite.
USC will have one quarterback prospect on campus this weekend for an official visit in Tanner McEvoy. And in January the Gamecocks are scheduled to have their other quarterback target in for a visit. Jacoby Brissett (6-5 235) of Palm Beach Gardens, FL set an official visit of January 21st with recruiter Jeep Hunter earlier this week when Hunter made a stop by his school. Brissett has taken a visit to Wisconsin. He’s also been looking at North Carolina, Notre Dame, LSU, Florida State and South Florida. Florida State is expected to be the strongest competition for the Gamecocks. Brissett also is a basketball prospect and USC has offered in that sport as well.