Notre Dame no longer in the running for Clemson grad transfer Scott Pagano

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Scott Pagano is ready to declare his transfer destination. The former Clemson defensive tackle from Hawaii will announce his decision on Friday, but it won’t be for Notre Dame.

Pagano told ND Insider in a text message Monday that he will attend either Oklahoma or Oregon.

UPDATE: Pagano announced plans to transfer to Oregon on Friday in a post on Facebook.

"After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to transfer to the University of Oregon for my final year of eligibility and to pursue a Sports Management Master's," Pagano wrote as part of his announcement on Facebook. "This was a tough decision because of all the great programs that expressed interest in me along with having to leave Clemson. I want to thank all the coaches that took the time to get to know me during this process. However, Oregon is where I felt most at home and it is a great fit for me both on and off the field."

The 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive lineman visited all three schools since announcing his intentions to make a graduate transfer in February. Pagano most recently visited Oregon this past weekend. He spent the weekend prior at Oklahoma and visited Notre Dame in March.

Pagano graduated from Clemson in December, and will be immediately eligible to play his final season at the school of his choice. Last season, Pagano totaled 31 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks in 12 games played for the national champions. He started four games for the Tigers and missed three games with a broken bone in his foot.

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Defensive tackle Scott Pagano, a graduate transfer candidate from Clemson, visiting Notre Dame in March. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)