At the beginning of last week, news circulated that Clemson graduate transfer Scott Pagano had canceled his visits to Arkansas and Oklahoma, but one of the prizes of the transfer market ended up visiting Oklahoma after. Pagano posted a picture to Instagram with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. Well that’s not as fun as the previous reports regarding him canceling those other visits.
As you can see in the Instagram post below, Pagano was definitely at Oklahoma this weekend and seems to be having a good time with Mayfield.
Obviously it would have been much better for Notre Dame’s chances if Pagano did not visit Oklahoma this weekend – or ever for that matter – but the Irish are still very much in the race right now. He still has a visit for Oregon planned this coming weekend as well, but after that visit, he will be in decision mode with that decision potentially coming within a fews weeks of his last visit.
I’ve said it many times since Notre Dame became a player for Pagano, but I’ll say it again. Getting Scott Pagano would be a huge boost for Notre Dame. Some comments on previous Pagano articles have brought up the same old thinking of “well how can he be so good if he’s transferring” or “if he’s so good why isn’t he going to the NFL already”. Sometimes a player is just looking for a change and a new fit. Notre Dame would be a GREAT fit given the need on the interior defensive line.
It’ll be a few more weeks til we know if Notre Dame is able to lure Pagano to South Bend, but we now know it looks like a three team race instead of a Notre Dame – Oregon battle.