Joseph Pagdin is 13 years old. He also knows where he'll be playing his college golf in five years.
Pagdin recently gave his verbal commitment to the University of Florida. The Lake Nona, Fla., resident and Trinity Prep eighth-grader is believed to be the youngest men's golf commit in Gators history.
“Once I got to know coach (J.C.) Deacon and coach (John) Handrigan, it was very clear in my mind these are the guys I want to go play for in college," Pagdin said. "Coach Deacon has a great record of recruiting the top talent, both at UNLV and now at UF, and I know he will be bringing in other top-class players to help challenge for a national title.
"Coach Deacon is so positive and supportive, and I know he can help me take my game to a higher level. Having played golf at a high level himself, he understands the ups and downs, and all about the progression I need to make, particularly on the mental side of the game."
Pagdin said he was offered by at least 10 other schools from the SEC and ACC. He won the Press Thornton Future Masters in Dothan, Ala., this year and posted three straight AJGA runner-up finishes following that victory. He was a member of the 2015 AJGA Junior All-Star Team.
Like current Florida freshman Sam Horsfield, Pagdin moved to Florida from England at a young age and is mentored by PGA Tour golfer Ian Poulter. Pagdin plays out of Poulter's home club, Lake Nona Country Club, and is coached by Scott Blanchard.
By Brentley Romine for Golfweek