By Keith McGonigle.
The atmosphere in Death Valley for Clemson’s victory over Florida State was electric. Even Patrick Destefano, a long time Clemson fan, was surprised by the players and fans intensity.
“I have been coming to Clemson games since I was in 8th grade, and that is the loudest I have ever heard it,” said Destefano. “I just can’t wait to get there and get on that field.”
The senior verbal commit will be in Clemson soon enough as he is planning on graduating early and joining the Tigers in January.
As for his commitment to the Tigers?
“Early on schools were still probing, but I have made it clear, I’m firm in my resolve that I am a Clemson Tiger,” said Destefano.
How is the season going for the 6’4” 275 lbs. lineman?
“The first two games of the season were good I was playing some full back and tight end, but I had been fighting a problem with stingers but I was playing through them. In our second game I got kicked in the neck, I blacked out the pain but the trainers held me out,” said Destefano. “I have miss 2 ½ games but I think I’m in better shape now. I kept myself on a strict conditioning regiment. I plan on playing next, game and working out the kinks.”
The standout Dorman lineman says he has a bigger chip on his shoulder after the injury.
“The worst thing about the entire situations is that we started off 0-3. I just can’t bear that,” said Destefano. “People think I may be slacking off since I have my college decision. That’s not me at all. I play for keeps. I play to win. I resent that idea with everything in my body.”
Destefano will be a constant visitor in Death Valley. He has been to all four of the first games and plans on attending all of them.
The big lineman is versatile enough to play many positions but said he will most likely end up at guard for the Tigers.
Any thoughts on the upcoming Virginia Tech game?
“Oh we can win, I know we can.”