For the second consecutive week a Clemson defensive lineman has announced plans to transfer.
Tigers defensive tackle Sterling Johnson posted on Twitter Tuesday night that he is leaving the program, joining fellow defensive tackle Jabril Robinson, who announced his intentions last Monday.
Johnson, a redshirt sophomore, appeared in 11 games in 2017 and recorded 14 tackles, three tackles for loss and a pair of sacks.
The North Carolina native was rated as a three-star recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings and played in the Under Armour All-American game.
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ESPN rated Johnson as the No. 109 overall player in the country and No. 14 defensive end in the nation coming out of Cleveland High in Clayton, N.C.
“Dear Clemson University after a long and thoughtful process and prayers, I have decided to transfer and have a remaining two years of eligibility,” Johnson said on Twitter. “I would first like to thank God for presenting me with this opportunity, Coach Swinney along with the rest of the coaches, the fans, and the family I have made along the way. A Tiger forever and much love-93.”
In addition to Johnson and Robinson, quarterbacks Zerrick Cooper and Tucker Israel have also announced plans to transfer this offseason.