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Report: Clemson DT Scott Pagano Will Seek Grad Transfer

Scott Pagano, a significant contributor at defensive tackle for national champion Clemson, will grad transfer rather than return to the Tigers for his senior year.

The news, which comes via a 247Sports report, is a legitimate shock, considering Pagano's announcement just over a month ago that he was excited for his return to school and senior season.

From 247:

Per a source, Clemson defensive tackle Scott Pagano (Honolulu, Hi./Moanalua) is transferring from Clemson, as first-reported by 247Sports.

Pagano met with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney yesterday afternoon and informed him of his intentions this morning.

Pagano is expected to receive his release from Clemson in the next 24 hours.

He graduated in December with a degree in Sociology.

If a school can withstand the loss of a veteran defensive tackle, it is Clemson, which has a pair—Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence—that probably ranks at the top of college football, but Pagano is still a big-time player, and will likely be the top tackle wherever he winds up. The list of suitors won't be a small one.

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman calls him a "powerhouse."

Big time shake-up in the ACC that we definitely didn't see coming. Some lucky school is getting a very legit defensive lineman in the coming weeks.