Clemson DT Scott Pagano leaving as a grad transfer

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 17, 2017

Clemson DT Scott Pagano has surprised everyone by deciding to transfer from Clemson. "I told him to think about it overnight". Players with the skill and experience of Pagano, who tested the National Football League draft waters before opting to return for his final season of college ball, don't come along all that often. As a graduate, he'll be eligible if he transfers to another FBS program.

Swinney confirmed Pagano's transfer in a statement later Friday. Scott Pagano has been a fully committed person to the program.

Per the report, Pagano graduated in December with a degree in sociology.

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 missed the final two regular-season games and the ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech with a foot injury. He redshirted that fall, played in four games in 2014, then became a starter in '15.

Before Clemson, he was rated as the No. 104 player in the nation by Rivals.com and was the Lombardi Award victor from Rivals.com as the top defensive lineman in the Western region of the United States. He was also ranked as the No. 1 player in Hawaii. Recorded 93 tackles - including eight for loss - and 2 1/2 sacks in his Clemson career. Recruited by Dan Brooks and Brent Venables. He's played behind stars Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence, but now will likely get his chance to shine elsewhere.

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