Nebraska is among the schools being considered by Scott Pagano, a nose tackle transferring from Clemson for his final year of eligibility.
247Sports reported Monday that the 6-foot-3, 295-pound Pagano, who had 31 tackles and two sacks for the national champion Tigers in 2016, is considering seven schools. Pagano has already graduated from Clemson with his degree in three years, so he will be immediately eligible at whichever school he chooses.
Originally from Honolulu, Pagano started nine games in 2015 and four in 2016, rotating with some of the nation’s better defensive tackles.
NU has two scholarships open. Last summer, the Huskers tried — and failed — to land graduate transfer Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, who transferred from Utah to USC. Tu’ikolovatu had a big year for the Trojans — 53 tackles — and now projects as a late-round NFL draft pick.
In the case of Tu’ikolovatu, Nebraska put forth a strong effort, but ultimately lost to USC. As detailed in a Los Angeles Times story, Tu’ikolovatu and his wife lived for a time in the back of a Chevy Suburban because of paperwork and enrollment snags between USC and Utah.
Pagano would give Nebraska immediate help on the defensive line. His frame is suited for nose tackle, which NU will employ in defensive coordinator Bob Diaco’s 3-4 scheme. Nebraska’s most proven defensive linemen are Carlos Davis and Mick Stoltenberg, who don’t have as many tackles as Pagano.