Former Clemson defensive tackle Sterling Johnson announced his intentions to transfer out of a crowded defensive line room earlier this offseason and on Friday he made his commitment known.
According to a report from Brandon Rink of TigerNet.com, Johnson will continue his collegiate career at Coastal Carolina. As a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately as the Chanticleers begin their ascendancy from the FCS to the FBS.
The 2018 season will be Coastal Carolina’s first with full bowl eligibility after beginning the transition to the bowl subdivision last season. They had made five FCS playoff appearances in the six seasons prior to making the leap, advancing as far as the quarterfinals in 2013.
Johnson was originally a 4-star recruit from North Carolina. After redshirting as a freshman, he played in 11 games for the Clemson in the past two seasons and recorded 14 tackles with 3 tackles for loss and 2 quarterback sacks. He’ll have two remaining years of eligibility for Coastal Carolina.
Fellow former Clemson defensive lineman Jabril Robinson also announced his transfer destination earlier this week. Robinson will play for the West Virginia Mountaineers, and he will also be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer.