Former Clemson running back Kobe Pace is staying in the ACC.

Pace is headed to Virginia where he will reunite with former Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, who just finished his first season as UVA’s head coach.

Here’s Pace announcement:

Pace was a productive player for Clemson, but he fell behind Will Shipley and Phil Mafah in the Tigers’ running back rotation. With both of those players set to return in 2023, Pace opted for the portal.

Pace carried the ball 152 times for 793 yards and 9 touchdowns while with Clemson. That production was spread out over the past 3 seasons with the Tigers.

His best season at Clemson came in 2021 as the Tigers battled injuries at running back. He carried the ball 104 times for 641 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2021.

Clemson’s running back depth beyond Shipley and Mafah could be a question in 2023. Keith Adams Jr. just finished his true freshman season with the Tigers. Clemson is also bringing in at least one running back in the class of 2023 in 3-star commit Jarvis Green.

Clemson does not play Virginia in 2023. However, the Tigers do host UVA in 2024.

Clemson will play Tennessee in the Orange Bowl later this month.