Offensive guard Noah DeHond, who committed to Clemson two years ago, has looked forward to the start of his career as a Tiger for quite a while.
The time is almost here for DeHond, as he will report to Clemson on Sunday with his fellow signees in the class of 2017, with the exception of early enrollees Hunter Johnson, Logan Rudolph, Baylon Spector and Blake Vinson.
DeHond’s mother, aunt and cousin will accompany him for the move-in day.
“I’m pumped,” DeHond told The Clemson Insider. “It’s been a long time coming, and I’m so happy for it to finally be here after going through two offseasons watching them, finally getting to signing day and then finally getting to move-in day. It’s kind of surreal for it to be here, but I’m ready for it and I’m so excited for the opportunity that I have in front of me.”
DeHond (6-7, 315) signed with Clemson as a top-10 prospect from the state of New Jersey. The Rochester, N.Y, native transferred to the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., after playing his first two years at McQuaid Jesuit High in New York. At Peddie, he was a team captain and all-state selection as a senior.
DeHond is confident as he heads to Clemson, but he isn’t getting ahead of himself and plans to take a day-by-day approach.
“I just want to get adjusted first,” he said. “It’s something I can shoot for. I want to build confidence of being on the team, going through the routines, getting everything down so that it’s all a building block to go off for the rest of my career. So, that’s kind of the first step, just focusing on taking it day-to-day and just trying to conquer each day and get better every day.”
DeHond knows summer workouts and fall camp at Clemson will be intense, but he feels ready for the challenge.
“I’ve been following their workout book the best I can,” he said. “Everyone tells me how hard the workouts are. I know they’re not going to be easy, but as long as I have the right attitude about it, I’m going to be just fine.”