Former 4-star defensive tackle Josh Belk has received a full release from Clemson, which leaves the door open for a possible transfer to South Carolina.
Belk, who graduated in December 2017 from Lewisville High School in Richburg, S.C., posted the news on Wednesday afternoon. News broke earlier in the day.
“I will be transferring from Clemson University,” Belk wrote on Twitter. “I appreciate the Clemson staff, fans and coaching staff. Thanks to Coach [Dabo] Swinney for the opportunity. Nothing bad to say about the university and my time there. Just feel that it’s the best decision for my family and I.”
Belk went through spring practice with the Tigers. Attached to his tweet was a statement from his attorney, Everett B. Stubbs III, who has an office in Chester, S.C.
“Circumstances of Mr. Belk’s life have led him to request a full, unconditional release from Coach [Dabo] Swinney that was graciously granted by Coach Swinney and the university in a timely manner,” Stubbs wrote.
Belk was ranked as the No. 2 player in the state, No. 7 defensive tackle in the country and No. 102 overall player in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.
Seven members of Clemson’s 2018 signing class were ranked ahead of Belk on the 247Sports composite.
“Josh Belk is going to be a great player. He has all the tools. Sometimes you forget he is 18,” Swinney told reporters earlier this spring. Swinney described Belk as a “young man in a grown man’s body,” before listing the older, more veteran defensive tackles on Clemson’s roster.
SEC Country stopped by Belk’s high school in the fall of his junior season. Here’s what he had to say about the Gamecocks during the first season under coach Will Muschamp:
“I feel like they’ve got to rebuild a little bit. I think they can do it. I like those coaches. I think they’re good.”
After watching South Carolina beat East Carolina, Belk said:
“I watched them fight the whole game and the energy that the coaches brought and the players brought to each other. I liked that,” Belk said of the trip.
According to clemsontigers.com, Belk entered the university with some nice credentials:
- All-Regional and All-State by High School Sports Report (for all classes) and Coaches Class A All-State…finished the year with 116 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 7 caused fumbles, a recovered fumble and a pass deflection…probably had best game against Lamar with 10 tackles and 3 tackles for loss…named to the U.S. Army All-American Game
I will be transferring from Clemson University. I appreciate the Clemson staff, fans and Coaching staff. Thanks to Coach Swinney for the opportunity. Nothing bad to say about the University and my time there. Just feel that it’s the best decision for my family and I. #GodsPlan pic.twitter.com/sk2t1KgvVL
— Josh Belk (@jbelk50) May 16, 2018