By Keith McGonigle.
The Clemson’s offensive line thus far has been a major strength for the Tigers. Clemson coaches are hoping to keep it that way in the coming years. One offensive lineman that is garnering a lot of attention is 2012 Dorman high school offensive tackle Patrick Destefano. Patrick is very familiar with Clemson,
“I’ve been to Clemson a bunch of times to watch games. This is the first year I will be going as a recruit. I came to Clemson twice over the summer once for an unofficial visit and also went to camp there. I’ve also been up twice during the season; I saw one of their practices and saw the Clemson vs. North Texas game.”
Patrick will be attending the Miami game this weekend, and says the Clemson vs USC game is very high on his list of games to see.
The 6’4” 275 lbs. tackle said he is considering three things when looking at schools,
1) “Comfort level- When I step on campus it has to feel like home.
2) Athletics- Great athletics, I am really competitive so I can’t go to a losing team, I don’t like losing.
3) Academics – When football ends at some time, even if I’m blessed enough to go to the NFL, I need something to fall back onto.”
How does Clemson measure up?
“In terms of comfort, it is probably the top school; I’ve been around there so much, it just feels like home and it is only an hour away. In terms of athletics – I saw the Auburn game, they played their tail off the whole game, proved that an ACC team can give a top SEC school a run for their money. For Academics, I want to major in Bio-medical engineering very specialized major. Clemson has a small but effective biology program so it gets points there too.”
Patrick has received scholarships from 7 schools and has received letters from many more. He says that Clemson is definitely in his top 3 right now, but he is open to any school that shows interest in him.
The standout lineman, who is also teammates of Clemson commits Charone Peake and Adam Humphries, has helped his team to a 5-0 start. “We’ve had some really good games, and we haven’t even played our best yet, we just can’t get complacent.”
Patrick said he is very happy with the way he is playing so far, he has gone up against some of the top lineman and linebackers in the state and has done a good job. In the Dorman offense, Patrick plays everywhere, he moves around on the line playing guard, tight end, and full back at different times.
Patrick says he is looking forward to the game this weekend and believes that Clemson will pull it out.