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Florida Football Recruiting: DT Scott Pagano Spurns Gators For Clemson

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In another shock involving Dabo Swinney, four-star defensive tackle Scott Pagano (Honolulu, Hawaii) committed to Clemson late Tuesday night. Pagano chose the Tigers over offers from UF, Alabama and LSU.

The 6'3", 280-pound space-eater would have added some beef to Florida's defensive line and joined Caleb Brantley and Joey Ivie in an imposing 2013 class of defensive line recruits. Rivals rates Pagano as the sixth-best DT in the country and 104th overall prospect.

Pagano recently visited Alabama, LSU, Florida and Clemson within a four-day span in mid-July. He elected to move up his commitment date from his original Aug. 10 decision day, a surprising turn of events for all the teams involved.

And now Florida is left to look for another DT.

With Pagano and Brantley on board, Florida would likely have been done at defensive tackle. It's possible the Gators will eventually count DeMarcus Walker as a member of that class, and as a DT, because that's where he may end up, but for now, I'd consider him an end. Ivie is currently seen as an end, but he could end up at tackle as well.

Greg Gilmore is still on the board, but he's considered a heavy LSU lean. LSU was believed to be Florida's strongest competition for Pagano, too, so it's a good job by the Clemson coaches of pulling a player from the jaws of two big-time SEC programs.

Florida's 2013 class remains at 17 members for now, but this week could still see that number move. The Gators could possibly get some more good news from Vernon Hargreaves III, who is visiting Thursday, and during Friday Night Lights. But we'll have lots more on that in tomorrow's recruiting roundup.