Pagano names two official visits

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Much to his delight, four-star defensive tackle Scott Pagano (Honolulu/Moanalua) received a scholarship offer from the Florida Gators on Thursday morning. The 6-foot-3, 279-pound defensive tackle said he was thrilled to get an offer from one of his childhood favorites.

"Very, very, very, very big in my opinion," Pagano said of the Florida offer. "That's a top school that I have been dying to hear from. When they came with the offer it was very exciting. So far I only have them and LSU as an official visit. The other three I will name in July."

Pagano holds offers from Georgia, Florida State, Oklahoma, Michigan, Miami, Oregon, USC and many more. He says that in addition to the Florida and LSU official visits, he also plans to unofficially visit Texas, LSU, Alabama and either Florida or Florida State in July.

The No. 22-ranked defensive tackle in the country said Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and defensive line coach Bryant Young are big reasons the Gators are getting an official visit.

"I like the powerhouse conference they play in," Pagano said. "They win BCS bowls and games. They are a BCS-caliber team. Coach Quinn coached in Seattle (with the NFL's Seahawks) and he's a coach there. Coach Young played in the NFL for about 14 years. I think he's an awesome coach as well, and for him to be coaching the D-line, me and him have a great connection already."

Pagano, who moved to Hawaii from California when he was just 7, said distance will not be a factor in his decision. Though he has no time frame, Pagano said his five official visits will help him determine who will be among his top schools in the end.