Oklahoma’s chances of securing the services of Clemson grad transfer Scott Pagano have increased drastically, as the defensive lineman recently told Tyler James of the South Bend Tribune that Notre Dame is no longer in the running. Pagano has also visited Oklahoma and Oregon, and his decision will come down to those two schools.
Additionally, Pagona has made it known that he will announce his final decision at some point on Friday, April 14.
The Honolulu native started four games for the Tigers in 2016, accumulating 31 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss en route to a National Championship. However, that production was a dip from that of his sophomore campaign, in which he 51 tackles in nine starts. Pagano is listed as the No. 7 defensive tackle prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com/CBS Sports.
Pagona is obviously someone who would make an immediate impact, and landing him would be an absolute boon for the Sooners. Oklahoma will be utilizing a 4-3 defensive scheme is certain instances going forward, making the potential addition of Pagano all the more appealing. The 6-3, 295-pound tackle is an NFL-caliber talent, and that’s something the Sooners have been lacking along the defensive front for years. Finally, I believe his addition would force people to take Oklahoma a bit more seriously as a title contender. Frankly, it would probably make me a bit more confident, as well.
The new staff at Oregon will be tough to beat in this battle, but the appeal of immediate playing time for a major contender could be what pushes OU over the top. Let’s just hope that’s where his priorities lie.