Clemson signee Noah DeHond spent part of his spring break on a visit to Clemson.
The offensive lineman from the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., made the 11-hour drive with his mom, arriving on Monday and leaving Wednesday.
“It was awesome. I had a great time there,” DeHond told TCI. “This was more of a business trip than past visits. I was just trying to build my relationship with the O-line guys, talk with coach (Robbie) Caldwell, try to understand the basic parts of the offense and all that stuff. Try to get the ball rolling so I can hit the ground running in June.”
DeHond, a member of Clemson’s 2017 signing class, wanted to get back on campus after making his official visit in January. So, he texted Caldwell and arranged the trip.
He pegged the spring as an ideal time with his break and Clemson’s spring practices going on. He wanted to see the Tigers practice and was able to do so on Monday and Wednesday.
“I thought it was really intense,” he said. “Those were like the first practices I’ve watched since I committed. I remember the first visit I went on I watched a little bit of practice but didn’t get to see the whole thing because I did some other stuff, but it was nice to watch two whole practices.”
Seeing the completed new facility was a spectacular bonus.
“It’s unreal,” he said. “It’s something else.”
DeHond conversed with most of Clemson’s offensive linemen and talked with Caldwell more in-depth.
What was Caldwell’s message? Be ready to play as a freshman.
“Coach Caldwell’s just telling me to be ready to come in and compete,” DeHond said. “He told me you’re not going to have to redshirt, there’s going to be plenty of opportunities for you to come in and compete for a backup role and kind of contribute any way you can. So, the guys were just telling me to make sure you’re in shape, and I’ve been doing that.”
One of the largest signees in Clemson history at 6-foot-7 304 pounds, DeHond is rated among the top players in the state of New Jersey. He transferred to Peddie for his last two years, when he was a team captain and all-state selection.
DeHond hopes to arrive to Clemson at 295 pounds after what will be a workout-filled spring.
“Spring I’m working double sessions,” DeHond said. “I’m going to workout probably five, six days a week and do double sessions three of those. So, I’m hoping to come in at 295 and be ready to go. I don’t want to come in out of shape, so I’m eating right, working out and doing everything they want to me to do. Trust the process.”
DeHond will enroll in June with his fellow signees. Just a few months away now, his excitement continues to build.
“The visit certainly didn’t help my senioritis at all,” DeHond joked. “I’m just trying to contribute the best way I can and any way I can.”