Josh Belk transfer update: the former blue-chip recruit is officially leaving Clemson. He has received his full release, and there is a chance that the Tigers could face him in the future. On Tuesday, it was reported that he will visit South Carolina and Georgia in the coming days.
Belk is a Richburg, South Carolina native. He chose Clemson back on January 29, 2017, before enrolling early this winter. However, it seems like the Tigers were not the right fit.
The Gamecocks were among the schools that recruited Belk out of high school. He is visiting Columbia today, and Athens tomorrow, according to The News & Reporter:
Credit to Dabo Swinney, who has signed off on this Josh Belk transfer without restrictions.
He put out a statement about the decision shortly after news of Belk's departure came out. He has wished his now-former player well:
“Josh is a good young man from a great family,” Dabo Swinney said. “Sometimes circumstances change, as is the case with Josh. We are disappointed he is leaving, but I enjoyed being around him the past few months. He did everything that was asked of him and had an excellent semester academically. I wish him all the best in the years to come.”
Other programs have come under criticism in recent years for placing harsh restrictions on transfers, even in similar situations to Belk. The defensive tackle enrolled at Clemson in January, but is leaving before playing a snap for the Tigers.
Before becoming a Tiger, Belk was one of the top defensive tackle recruits in the country. 247's rankings had him No. 1 at his position, and ranked him as a five-star recruit.
The site also rolls in the rankings from the rest of the industry for its "composite" ranking system. In that, Belk is a four-star player, and the No. 7 defensive tackle.
We could have a pretty good idea of where Belk will wind up after these back-to-back visits. Whichever school ends up with him is really bolstering its defensive line, months after National Signing Day.