Dorman OL Patrick DeStefano became the third major in state prospect to declare his college choice Monday when he announced for Clemson. DeStefano chose the Tigers over offers from USC, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee, North Carolina, Arkansas, Florida State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and others.
Clemson was long thought to be his favorite and he confirmed that with his announcement made at the Dorman High School football stadium press box. "It was the comfortability, the home factor," he said. "Every one of their players just loved being there. They love having the time of their lives. And it's a great education. You usually get a good feeling evert time you walk inside that stadium."
DeStefano had originally planned to just narrow his list to about seven and announce that Monday. But then he said the decision to go with Clemson came to him and there was no reason to drag things out. "I never wanted to be one of those guys that drags my decision out," he said. "Hopefully now that I've made my commitment, and I'm resolute in my commitment, I can help impact my class."
DeStefano's father played in the NFL and his coach says he has good football traits. "He plays as hard as any player I've had at Dorman," said Dave Gutshall.
DeStefano plans to graduate from high school in December and enroll at Clemson in January. He's the Tigers fourth commitment for 2012 and the second on the offensive line.