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Clemson loses second defensive lineman to transfer

For the second time in less than two weeks, Clemson has seen its depth along the defensive line pared.

Sterling Johnson took to Twitter Tuesday night to announce that, “after a long and thoughtful process and prayers,” he has decided to transfer from the Tigers and continue his collegiate playing career elsewhere. The redshirt sophomore defensive tackle will be leaving the university as a graduate transfer.

Johnson, who will have two years of eligibility remaining, also confirmed in the tweet that he will not be permitted to transfer to any team that is on Clemson’s 2018 schedule.

A three-star member of the Tigers’ 2015 recruiting class, Johnson was rated as the No. 29 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 16 player at any position in the state of North Carolina. After redshirting as a true freshman, Robinson played in 11 games the past two seasons.

Jan. 29, fellow lineman Jabril Robinson also used social media to announce his decision to transfer from Clemson. An embarrassment of defensive line riches returning to Clemson for the 2018 season likely played a significant role in the twin departures.