Defensive tackle Scott Pagano, a 2013 Moanalua alumnus, has decided to transfer from Clemson for his final season.
Head coach Dabo Swinney released a statement to the media Friday, saying, “I met with Scott Pagano yesterday. We had a good talk and he told me about his intentions to be a graduate transfer for his final year of eligibility. I told him to think about it overnight.”
“We all wanted him to stay, but he said he had accomplished everything he wanted to do at Clemson. He came here to graduate and win a national championship and he achieved both within the last two months. He indicated to me that he wants to start his graduate degree and play his final year of college football, probably on the West Coast.”
Swinney said the 6-foot-3, 295-pound Pagano wants to play his final season closer to home, probably somewhere on the West Coast.
Pagano started four games in 2016, making 31 tackles with two sacks. He made one tackle in Clemson’s 35-31 win over previously undefeated Alabama in the national title game last month.
“I wish him nothing but the best,” Swinney said. “Scott Pagano has been a fully committed person to the program. He has always been committed to do the best he could in everything. We will miss him and he will always be one of my players and will be a part of our Clemson family.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.