Scott Pagano heard from more than 35 programs since he announced he would transfer from Clemson, but he’s quickly cut that down to seven. And Nebraska is one of the teams he’s considering, according to 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow.
Pagano, who can play immediately and has one year of eligibility left, is also considering Oklahoma, Cal, Oregon, Notre Dame, Texas and Arkansas. 247 reports that the 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle will begin setting up official visits, then enroll at his new school in May.
Pagano had 31 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 12 games (four starts) in 2016. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native was the No. 283 recruit in the class of 2013, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Here’s what Land of 10 Nebraska writer Chris Heady wrote about the Huskers’ defensive tackles in December. The Huskers would certainly benefit from Pagano’s services.
“Nebraska’s main plug in the middle in 2016 will be gone in 2017. Senior Kevin Maurice had 7 tackles for loss and 4 sacks in 2016. He was a tremendous run stopper and one of the stars of the Blackshirts in 2016. Nebraska will miss him, but tons of depth behind Maurice should step up in his absence.
Mick Stoltenberg will be a junior and is already taking over a leadership role on the defense. Brothers Carlos and Khalil Davis will be redshirt sophomores with a solid freshman year under their belts. Those three will likely get most of the reps, along with Peyton Newell, who will be a junior.
Who is new:
Nebraska has two incoming freshman tackles, both 3-star prospects — Deiontae Watts and Deontre Thomas.