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Clemson grad transfer DT Scott Pagano has Cal in his final seven

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Hey now.

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When Scott Pagano announced his transfer from the Clemson Tigers, he got requests from pretty much every program out there. 37, to be precise. That included most of the major programs out there, including LSU, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Georgia, Texas, Nebraska. The list goes on.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney did indicate that Pagano might have a preference for moving close to the West Coast though. Pagano is originally from Hawaii and might have wanted to spend his final year closer to the Pacific. USC, Washington, Arizona State all made inquiries. As did Cal.

However, in Pagano’s final seven, he only mentioned two West Coast programs. Cal was one of them. Oregon is the other. The five other programs are Oklahoma, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Texas and Arkansas.

Pagano graduated in December with a degree in Sociology.

He’s immediately eligible and has one year of eligibility remaining.

Pagano racked up 93 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, seven quarterback pressures, and one pass breakup in 705 career snaps.

Pagano (6-4, 295) bench presses 470 pounds and reps 225 pounds 38 times.

He was a key cog in Clemson’s defensive line last fall en route to a national title win, logging 299 snaps in 12 games, including four starts.

CBSSports.com currently ranks Pagano as one of the top 10 defensive tackles in the 2018 NFL Draft Class.

Pagano graduated in December with a degree in sociology. He has one year of eligiblity remaining. The Bears could use some defensive line depth. Pagano paired with James Looney would be quite the formidable combo up front.

Cal could be in this!