Clemson has seen a number of key players declare for the NFL draft after their junior years, but defensive tackle Scott Pagano will be back next year.
Scott Pagano, a key defensive tackle for Tigers, recorded 20 tackles in 12 games this season, including 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
TigerNet has the status he posted to Facebook to announce his return for the 2017-18 season.
"Tiger Nation, family, and friends last year at this time I was thanking you all for your support, friendship and faith with a very heavy heart," Pagano said. "I felt as if we had let you down. First I need to give God the biggest shout out ever for giving me this opportunity to play the game I love. This year is much different I thank you now for your faith, prayers, support, friendship and love of our team with a gratitude that is beyond anything I can put into words. In all my years here at Clemson you have redefined words like family, class, and unity. My football brothers past and present thank you for daring to dream and doing! My friends and family especially my parents, thank you for sacrificing so much in the name of the game. With that being said, GO TIGERS! CU IN AUGUST! National Champs!"
Clemson is in for a bit of a rebuild on offense, but the defensive line is a serious position of strength for the Tigers next season. Pagano will be back, joining guys like Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence who starred on the inside during this year's national championship run.