Clemson DT Scott Pagano Transferring

    Clemson reportedly is losing a key member of its defense, as defensive tackle Scott Pagano will leave the program and be eligible to play elsewhere immediately as a graduate transfer.

    February 17, 2017

    Clemson is losing a key member of its defense, as defensive tackle Scott Pagano will leave the program and be eligible to play elsewhere immediately as a graduate transfer.


    The reigning College Football Playoff national champions will be without one of their better defensive players for their title defense.

    A report from 247Sports on Friday states that Clemson defensive tackle Scott Pagano will leave the program as a graduate transfer. Pagano received his degree in December, meaning he will be eligible to play for a different team immediately.

    Pagano met with Tigers coach Dabo Swinney on Thursday and told the coach he had decided to transfer Friday morning. Clemson is expected to release Pagano from his scholarship very soon as Pagano seeks another program.

    Swinney confirmed Pagano’s transfer in a statement later Friday.

    “We all wanted him to stay, but he said he said he accomplished everything he wanted to at Clemson,” Swinney said in the statement. “He came here to graduate and win a national championship, and he achieved both within the last two months.”

    Pagano started only four games as the Tigers went on to beat Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game to claim their first national championships since 1981, but he’s rated as one of the top 10 defensive tackles in the 2018 NFL Draft class. He’s played behind stars Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence, but now will likely get his chance to shine elsewhere.

    Pagano is a former four-star recruit who had 50 offers coming out of high school. Recorded 93 tackles – including eight for loss – and 2 1/2 sacks in his Clemson career. His departure hurts Clemson’s depth on the defensive line in its quest to repeat as national champions.

    The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Pagano won’t have any shortage of teams wanting his services. He’s a powerful lineman who has also plenty of agility.

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