DT Scott Pagano Profile
Pagano, who attends Moanalua High School in Honolulu, visited Clemson for the first time this weekend.
The Clemson staff was notified of his pledge on Sunday, before he left town.
"They have a great, great philosophy there. They're structured very well," Pagano told CUTigers on Tuesday. "It's a family up there. I felt so comfortable being there. Family is super, super, super important to me. That was a key factor.
"Coach [Dabo] Swinney and my head coach are just alike, very, very religious. They do team bonding stuff, a lot of family stuff together. It was a good fit for me."
He committed to Clemson after naming a final four that included Alabama, LSU and Florida. Clemson was the final stop on his tour of favorites.
"The campus was so beautiful. The campus is a good fit for me, no distractions," Pagano said. "There are only 14,000 people in the town, but on game day, there are 90,000-plus."
He added, "I need to get a great degree, and it's a great college, because football isn't going to last forever."
Scout.com ranks Pagano as the No. 27 defensive tackle in the class of 2013.
As a junior, Pagano had 72 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Scott Pagano to Clemson
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