Early Enroll Josh Belk Leaving Clemson

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6:38 AM - May 20, 2018 #1

This will be a story to watch...

5 star by 247 and 4 star by rivals (I even said when he committed 5 star was not accurate but he is a solid 4) has opted to transfer and hired a lawyer to do so.

What I have heard:

-tried to quit several times during spring. Apparently doesnt take to hard coaching very well.
-opted to transfer and already had lawyered up to keep Clemson from blocking any particular schools
-been told that Lance Thompson was in communication with him and that Muschamp and company may have guided him down the lawyer road prior to his announcement

Not sure what, or if anything, will come of it but apparently they are going to try and get granted a hardship to be eligible this year. Here's the kicker, they initially stated that it was to get closer to come because of family illness or something along those lines but he is apparently visiting Tennessee next weekend. My guess, that is just to eliminate some of the smoke before he announces SC.

But the whole situation is just shady and it really leaves Clemson thin next season at DT. If Dex opts to go to the NFL as expected, it will leave Clemson with just 3 scholarship defensive tackles so this cycle becomes very important for them. Dabo does not do the JUCO route and Clemson's administration makes it very difficult for a JUCO to even be accepted to Clemson so this will be interesting. Now the good news is, Clemson will have 3 very good and highly recruited guys and Williams/Pinckney will likely garner a heavy amount of snaps this season but Jeffries is raw and really needs a redshirt year. This is a blow

I can promise if NCAA doesnt get involved, Dabo has a great memory. He continues to throw darts Dabo's way and it is not helping his case on the field.Gives Dabo the ammo to ensure Clemson doesnt overlook the chickens.
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9:39 AM - May 20, 2018 #2

I hate that the momentum appears to be on the side of the cried that would like everyone to be able to transfer anywhere, and be immediately eligible.

I don't have a big problem with allowing kids to go wherever they want, but the immediate eligibility bothers the shit out of me.
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2:01 PM - May 20, 2018 #3

Clemson will be able to offer a chance to see the field immediately.  Should help.
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5:16 PM - May 20, 2018 #4

Yes that should help for sure but you still don’t want to head into a season that thin in the trenches
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5:02 AM - May 21, 2018 #5

There don't seem to be a lot of elite DTs in the Southeast this year.
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6:11 AM - May 21, 2018 #6

And Hunter Johnson is now leaving. Tennessee better get on that.
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6:18 AM - May 21, 2018 #7

I am not sure about Josh Belk although I am sure Pruitt is on that big time because we desperately need depth in the trenches but I do have a little insider info (my buddy who is the CFO at for the athletic dept) that Pruitt and co have been strongly pursuing Hunter.   I will be shocked if he does not end up at Tennessee.  Even if he has to sit out a year that is fine because we have the Sanford transfer for one year who can get us through 2018 and then start Hunter in 2019.  
Being a Vol fan is great except for a few Saturdays in the fall.
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3:34 PM - May 21, 2018 #8

I'm sure Pruitt will tell Hunter that Jake Fromm did well starting in year 2.
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4:14 PM - May 21, 2018 #9

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3:25 AM - May 22, 2018 #10

Hunter Johnson will likely end up at Purdue or Northwestern. Indiana is apparently in the mix some but Tennessee is not likely to land him unless something changes

Him leaving just shows you how good Lawrence is. Pretty much everyone has been awaiting this announcement. I thought Arkansas and Chad Morris would have had a shot. Apparently academics are a big part of his decision

If I was him and wanted to go to the BIG, Id be going to nebraska with Frost. He’d kill it with that offense
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3:28 AM - May 22, 2018 #11

brown dog wrote: I'm sure Pruitt will tell Hunter that Jake Fromm did well starting in year 2.
Fromm was a true freshman wasn’t he?
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4:40 AM - May 22, 2018 #12

brown dog wrote:
How soon until we add Justin Wilcox to this list?   I really do not understand these young qb's who go to a school with an established superstar qb.  They are probably just cocky enough to think they will beat the starter but using Hunter as an example if he had stayed at Tennessee he would not only for sure be our starter but Pruitt would be building the entire offense around him.  It was dumb for him to drop us for Clemson who has excellent depth at QB.  

And also, when was the last time a transfer really worked out.  By worked out I mean became a superstar and a highly drafted player?  It is hard to think of many.  I can only think of Jake Coker and that is only because he brought home a national championship but he still was not drafted high.
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5:10 AM - May 22, 2018 #13

nmerritt11 wrote:
brown dog wrote: I'm sure Pruitt will tell Hunter that Jake Fromm did well starting in year 2.
Fromm was a true freshman wasn’t he?
Yep.  I meant in year 2 of a new coach.
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5:54 AM - May 22, 2018 #14

brown dog wrote:
nmerritt11 wrote:
brown dog wrote: I'm sure Pruitt will tell Hunter that Jake Fromm did well starting in year 2.
Fromm was a true freshman wasn’t he?
Yep.  I meant in year 2 of a new coach.
Got ya! From people I have talked to close to program and what the rivals guys have said (only really legitimate inside info Clemson site) Tennessee has not even really been mentioned

I guess it’s possible but it doesn’t seem to have any legs. Purdue and NW are the two that continue to be mentioned in both of those circles
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6:06 AM - May 22, 2018 #15

The local sports news radio station made a good point about Hunter and Tennessee.  If Tennessee and Clemson truly are planning an upcoming home and home  then Clemson would most likely block any transfer to Tennessee.  
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6:30 AM - May 22, 2018 #16

DocVOLiday wrote: The local sports news radio station made a good point about Hunter and Tennessee.  If Tennessee and Clemson truly are planning an upcoming home and home  then Clemson would most likely block any transfer to Tennessee.  
Depends on when they plan to play.  He only has 3 years left I think.
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7:03 AM - May 22, 2018 #17

They don’t have room for a home and Home in Hunters time there. That’s just an excuse. Dabo wouldn’t block because they “might” play Tennessee. Hunter wants to go closer to home and somewhere with a great education

They have A&M this year and next. Then ND in 2020. Clemson and Tennessee both have an available slot in 2021 and 2024 so they could do a split but that would be OOC Oklahoma and Clemson in 2024
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