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Clemson announces loss of one-time starter to graduate transfer Mike Comer/Getty Images
CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers walks the sidelines during the Tigers' game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

Clemson finished National Signing Day with a top-10 class, but also dealt with two departures on Wednesday.

Head coach Dabo Swinney announced redshirt sophomore tight end Shadell Bell and redshirt junior running back C.J. Fuller will transfer away from the program after graduating this spring via Independent Mail.

Both players will be able to play immediately for an FBS team next season as graduate transfers per NCAA rules.

Clemson will return freshman Travis Etienne (766) and junior Tavien Feaster (669) — its two leading rushers from the previous season — which likely led to Fuller’s decision to leave the program. The redshirt junior was the team’s starting running back during its first three games, but finished with 217 yards — which was fifth among Tigers players — and three touchdowns.

Bell recorded only one reception for eight yards in 2017.

Quarterbacks Zerrick Cooper and Tucker Israel, as well defensive linemen Sterling Johnson and Jabril Robinson have already announced their intention to transfer away from Clemson this offseason.

Still, the Tigers return the majority of their starters last season, which resulted in a No. 1 ranking during the final week of the regular season and a College Football Playoff berth.

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