Former Clemson defensive tackle Josh Belk, who was with the Tigers during spring practice, will join the South Carolina football team for the 2018 season.
It has not been confirmed if Belk will be eligible to play this fall.
“I am thankful for the opportunity I had at Clemson University,” Belk tweeted on Friday night. “I am most thankful to the University of South Carolina coaches, staff and players for welcoming me into their program with open arms and allowing me the opportunity to play college football at the highest level of competition while being closer to my family.
“The University of South Carolina is home for me.”
Belk, a Lewisville High School (Richburg, S.C.) graduate, enrolled at Clemson in January. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney granted a full release for Belk this spring, which opened the door for South Carolina coach Will Muschamp to add the former U.S. Army All-American.
Georgia also hosted Belk for a visit after he announced his intention to transfer from Clemson.
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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.
“Josh Belk is going to be a great player. He has all the tools. Sometimes you forget he is 18,” Swinney told reporters this spring. Swinney described Belk as a “young man in a grown man’s body.”