Earlier this week, five-star defensive tackle Josh Belk announced his intention to transfer from Clemson. The decision seems odd on the surface, considering Belk was an early enrollee as a part of the 2018 class and had only been with the Tigers since January. However, Belk’s decision seems to be family related. It’s likely that reason that caused Clemson and Dabo Swinney to allow Belk to transfer to any school he pleases, which isn’t always the case.
In an article from thestate.com, Belk admitted that he had heard from Tennessee and South Carolina.
As expected, schools already are hitting up Belk letting him know of their interest. He said South Carolina and Tennessee contacted him. He talked on the phone with USC compliance and with Gamecock defensive line coach Lance Thompson.
It’s not totally clear right now because of the unique situation, but Belk would likely have to sit out a year before he could play for his new school, due to NCAA rules.
The 6-3, 309 pound defensive tackle is a native of Richburg, South Carolina. Belk took a couple of visits to South Carolina last year before ultimately committing to Clemson.
If you’re wondering, Columbia is about 50 miles from Richburg. Knoxville is about 240 miles away from Richburg.
Most of the college football world has immediately drawn the connection to Belk and South Carolina, but it’s at least worth noting that Belk has heard from the Vols. Of course, Tennessee could use the talent up front on their defense.
Ultimately, Belk will have to do what’s best for him an his family, but you can’t fault Jeremy Pruitt for reaching out. It’s going to be interesting to watch this situation play out, especially considering the Clemson—South Carolina rivalry.