Ex-Clemson DT Scott Pagano Adds Two Schools, Rounds Out Official Visit Lineup

    Former Clemson defensive tackle Scott Pagano has added official visits to both Texas and Oregon, completing his lineup of five schools.

    February 22, 2017

    Former Clemson defensive tackle Scott Pagano has added official visits to both Texas and Oregon, completing his lineup of five schools.


    Defensive tackle Scott Pagano, who is coming off of a national championship season following Clemson’s last-second win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game, is continuing to make plans for his post-Tigers career.

    After announcing that he planned to leave Death Valley and take his remaining one year of eligibility elsewhere, schools from all across the country contacted him in an effort to lure him to their respective campuses.

    After earning 37 offers following his announcement last Friday, Pagano narrowed his list down to seven schools, as Notre Dame and Oklahoma joined Cal, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas and Arkansas as possibilities for his landing spot.

    In the last day, the 6-foot-3, 279-pounder lined up official visits to South Bend on March 24 and to Norman on March 31. Shortly thereafter, a third official visit was booked to Fayetteville to meet with Arkansas and head coach Bret Bielema on April 7.

    Pagano has now completed his official visit lineup with a trip to Texas set for April 14 and Oregon on April 21. While Cal and Nebraska were named as two of his seven finalists, he could still unofficially visit those programs or any others. However, there appears to be a Power Five set, so to speak.

    A part-time starter for Clemson in its ’16 championship campaign, Pagano is eligible to play immediately due to the NCAA graduate transfer rule. He is on pace to graduate from Clemson this May.

    When the announcement was made about Pagano’s transfer, Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney stated that his former DT would most likely play out his career closer to home on the West coast. As of now, the Ducks are the only official visit scheduled that fits that description.

    Pagano was a four-star 2013 recruit, ranked as the No. 24 defensive tackle in the country.

    We’ll see if the Hawaii native ultimately takes an unofficial visit with the Golden Bears, because defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro recruited him out of high school.

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