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5-Star Clemson Transfer Announces Where He'll Play Next Year

A general view of Clemson's stadium.

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels versus Clemson Tigers during their game on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Josh Belk has come to a transfer decision. The former blue-chip recruit enrolled at Clemson in the winter. However, he since realized it wasn't the right decision, and has received his full release.

To the credit of head coach Dabo Swinney, that included teams that are on Clemson's future schedules. As it turns out, that wound up having a big impact here.

In late May, Belk visited two SEC schools: Georgia, and Clemson arch-rival South Carolina. On Friday night, he announced that he will be a Gamecock.

Josh Belk's full note about the decision:

"First and foremost I want to thank God for all of the blessings in my life. God and family are the two most important things in my life and all things are possible through him. This journey has been trying and emotional. I have had to make many difficult decisions in the recent past. I trust that the Lord has put these decisions before me for a reason.

I am grateful for the opportunities offered to me by each and every school that has reached out to me since I made the very difficult decision to leave Clemson University. I am thankful for the opportunity I had at Clemson University. I am most thankful to the University of South Carolina coaches, staff and players for welcoming me into their program with open arms and allowing me the opportunity to play college football at the highest level of competition while being closer to my family.

The University of South Carolina is home for me. I will be spending the remainder of my collegiate career wearing garnet and black in Columbia, SC playing football for Coach Will Muschamp and the USC Gamecocks."

247Sports had Belk as a five-star recruit and the nation's No. 1 defensive tackle in its rankings. The site's composite rankings, which roll in those from others in the industry, have him at No. 7 among 2018 defensive tackles, and a four-star.

Belk would be the No. 1 recruit in South Carolina's recruiting class. Without including him, the Gamecocks' class was ranked No. 19 in the country and seventh in the SEC.