Written by Ryan Wright
When you can spin it the way Cody Pagach can, a change in scenery will not detour college scouts. The 2024 QB suited up with Thompson Station’s (Tenn.) Independence High School last season but will work over 3A defenses this fall with Alcoa High School. Taking the field with a loaded Tornadoes team will further help drive coaches to the Knoxville suburb.
Holding seven offers, Pagach shed insight on which teams are hitting him up.
“I am getting love from Western Kentucky and Washington State right now,” Pagach said. “I was Just talking to UNLV this morning (Thursday). Coach Brennan Marion (OC/QB) and I had a great conversation. Washington State has treated me well. Western Kentucky, that is the school closest to home. I love what they are doing. Even though coach (Ben) Arbuckle (WSU OC) left, it looks like they will still be spinning it.”
Interest from the Tar Heels will get Pagach on campus for North Carolina’s spring game.
“Richmond, Western Michigan, and East Carolina have been showing interest,” Pagach stated. “I’ll be at UNC on Saturday for their spring game.”
Contact with new Tar Heels’ offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey has Pagach excited about heading to Chapel Hill.
“I am really excited to meet their staff,” Pagach shared. “Coach Lindsey recently reached out to me. He said he’s been identifying 2024 quarterbacks. He saw my film and said that is someone he wants to get to know. I think coach Lindsey will come see me throw this spring. I am excited to see the relationship grow.”
Pagach was at another ACC program last weekend.
“I was at Louisville last week and the week before that I was at WKU,” Pagach stated. “I had a great visit there. I met the new OC (Drew Hollingshead), he’s from Mississippi State. From the looks of it, it looks like they will be throwing as much if not more this year. That will be exciting to watch.”
The time with the Cardinals was impactful.
“I went down for their spring practice,” Pagach said. “I met their offensive coordinator, Brian Brohm; he’s a great guy. He is easy to talk to. I was impressed with the campus and their facilities – it was top notch. I can see myself playing there.”
With a highly coveted tight end and receiver on the roster, the Alcoa sidelines will be filled with college coaches this spring.
“We have 2025 four-star tight end Eli Owens and receiver Brandon Winton (USF commit) just transferred from IMG; I am expecting new coaches there every day,” Pagach shared. “I have no idea who may show up. That is something to look forward to.”
Pagach looked to the summer months covering his possible college camp circuit.
“I am trying to go out towards the Pac-12; I am from LA,” Pagach said. “I was raised there the first eight years of my life. I want to go back to visit USC and UCLA. Hopefully I will set up a visit with Washington State. It is hard to get there because of the distance. I really want to figure out a way to get out there. I love coach Arbuckle, and I want to get more familiar with the school.”
If the trip to Wazzu doesn’t happen as an unofficial, it may happen as a paid for.
“I am trying to take one to Washington State to cut that cost, flights right now are not cheap,” Pagach stated. “I have no idea on the rest. My recruiting is just starting to pick up. No telling where I may be in two to three months. I am taking it day by day.”
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