The remaining 10 members of Clemson’s 2017 signing class arrived on campus June 25, joining early enrollees Hunter Johnson, Logan Rudolph, Baylon Spector and Blake Vinson.
The Clemson Insider gives a scouting report on each of the newcomers. We break down what the player does best, what he can do to earn playing time as a freshman, his future outlook and more.
Name: Noah DeHond
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height, Weight: 6-7, 315
Hometown (High School): Rochester, N.Y. (Peddie (N.J.) HS)
Prospect rankings: 3-star, No. 47 OT, No. 12 state, NR national (ESPN); 3-star, No. 48 OT, No. 9 state, NR national (Rivals); 3-star, No. 68 OT, No. 2 OT in state, NR national (Scout); 3-star, No. 46 OT, No. 17 state, No. 449 national (247Sports)
High school stats & accolades: All-state selection who helped his team to a 6-2 record as a senior… named all-conference and all-area… Team captain
Strengths: At 6-foot-7, 315 pounds, DeHond is one of the largest signees in Clemson history. Because of his size he was able to absolutely maul defensive linemen in high school. He plays violent, can be very physical at the point of attack and has a mean streak. His long arms are an asset that helps him drive through defenders and finish blocks. An aggressive, mammoth man, DeHond fits the definition of the “hog molly” term.
What he can do to earn playing time as freshman: DeHond is ready to play from a size standpoint, but may be destined for a redshirt year because his talents are raw. He will need to show improvement with his technique and footwork during fall camp in order to assert himself into the mix for playing time this season.
Future outlook: With his frame and raw ability, DeHond has massive upside (no pun intended). It may require time, but DeHond has what it takes to get better in areas such as pass protection, agility and playing with lower pad level. The competition he faced in high school doesn’t come close to what he will see at Clemson, so he will face an adjustment period. But once he becomes acclimated and cleans up some things fundamentally, watch out. He has the potential to develop into a force at tackle.