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Josh Belk | Defensive Tackle

Team: South Carolina Gamecocks
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 359

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The NCAA has approved South Carolina freshman DT Josh Belk's waiver for immediate eligibility.
Belk (6'3/359) signed on with Clemson as a highly-regarded four-star recruit over the winter, but his stay with the ACC juggernaut proved short-lived. He transferred to South Carolina in June. While we still don't know the exact grounds on which the eligibility waiver was approved, Gamecocks HC Will Muschamp said earlier this month that the big defensive tackle had a "very good case in his situation with his family." While Belk does carry the recruiting pedigree -- Rivals' No. 2 defensive tackle in the 2018 class -- you would like to see for possible early playing time, his weight could prove a legitimate issue even setting aside his speed of acclimation and the like. For what it's worth, Belk has been working on his conditioning since arriving on campus. Thu, Aug 30, 2018 02:33:00 PM
Source: 247Sports

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South Carolina HC Will Muschamp said that the team "feel[s] good" about the chances of an eligibility waiver for freshman DT Josh Belk.

"We haven’t gotten any feedback. We’re still going through that process in filing our appeal for Josh," Muschamp said, later explaining that "[h]e’s got a very good case in his situation with his family that he should be eligible." After initially signing with Clemson as a four-star recruit over the winter -- Rivals ranked him as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the 2018 class -- Belk transferred over to the Gamecocks in early June. We're not privy to the details of the "family situation" that Muschamp cites, but there's clearly optimism within the program that the Richburg, South Carolina, native will receive clearance to play before the close of camp. Whether Belk is even physically ready for the campaign is a real question, as his weight had ballooned up to 359 pounds by the time he arrived on campus. The team is already working to help him cut weight as they prep for the upcoming campaign.
Source: 247Sports
Sat, Aug 11, 2018 01:09:00 PM

Clemson freshman DT Josh Belk transferred to South Carolina.

Belk (6'3/325) signed on with Clemson as a four-star recruit in the most recent class and subsequently took part in spring practice with the Tigers. However, the allure of home began to gnaw on the defensive tackle out of Richburg, South Carolina, and he announced his transfer intent in mid-May. Georgia and South Carolina both received visits from Belk before he made his decision to side with the Gamecocks. He'll have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations, but a redshirt may well have been in order for him regardless. Rivals ranked Belk as the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect in the state of South Carolina for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Sat, Jun 9, 2018 12:34:00 PM

Transferring Clemson freshman DT Josh Belk said that his unofficial visit to South Carolina on Wednesday "went great."

"I had a good conversation with [C]oach Muschamp about how much I can help the team. The coaches are still the fans towards me. They still want me. Showed that feelings never changed," Belk said. Several times in the above quote, the 6-foot-3, 325-pounder alluded to the fact that he and South Carolina were involved in an advanced courtship over the winter before the four-star defensive tackle signed on with Clemson in February. Georgia is playing host to the defensive tackle on Thursday. Regardless of whether he opts for the Gamecocks or Bulldogs (or Chanticleers -- Coastal Carolina should be viewed as a dark horse contender, here), he'll have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA regulations.
Source: 247Sports
Thu, May 24, 2018 04:42:00 PM

Transferring Clemson freshman DT Josh Belk is visiting South Carolina and Georgia this week.

Belk (6'3/325) will be checking out the Gamecocks on Wednesday and the Bulldogs on Thursday. South Carolina could have an inside track, here. The former four-star defensive tackle was seeing heavy interest from HC Will Muschamp and staff throughout the most recent recruiting cycle and said that he was very close to signing with the program before he ultimately sided with Clemson. Coastal Carolina is also a potential player, here, though they should be considered a longshot for Belk's services. Having enrolled early at Clemson, this move -- wherever it might take him in the FBS -- is going to cost him the 2018 season, as he'll be required to sit it out to satisfy transfer regulations.
Source: The State
Wed, May 23, 2018 11:49:00 AM

Clemson freshman DT Josh Belk will transfer.

Belk (6'3/325) signed on with the Tigers during the early December window. Coming out of high school, he was viewed by Rivals as the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect in the state of South Carolina for the 2018 cycle. He takes the (very) early exit having earlier participated in Clemson's spring practice. While Belk has yet to play a game at the college level, NCAA regulations are going to force him to sit out the upcoming season should he transfer within the FBS. He could apply for an immediate-eligibility waiver from the governing body once he arrives at his new program, but that's not something we would bank on to be successful. South Carolina -- who pushed hard for his pledge before Belk opted in with Clemson -- is probably the program to watch now that big defensive tackle is back on the free agent market.
Wed, May 16, 2018 04:55:00 PM

Clemson signed four-star 2018 DT Josh Belk.

Belk comes from Richburg, South Carolina, and the 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle was rated the second-best prospect from the state. Scouting reports say Belk has quality speed and an explosive first step, but needs to work on his hand-placement if he's going to be a pass-rusher. This is a loaded class for the Tigers, and Belk has a chance to continue the Clemson tradition of quality defensive lineman.
Source: SB Nation
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 07:55:00 PM