Decision time?

ROEBUCK, S.C. - Dorman High School offensive lineman Patrick Destefano has scheduled a press conference for Monday, May 23.

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Around 5 p.m. in the Cavalier Stadium press box, Destefano will offer some clarity to the picture of his recruitment.

"One thing this entire process has taught me, it's let me grow up a lot. It's taught me how to manage life and be organized. It's a timely process, but it's a hard process. I've started to get the hang of it," he told CUTigers.com on Friday afternoon. "It's starting to come to an end…I'm going to start narrowing down a short list."

The Scout.com four-star offensive guard wouldn't shed any light as to just how many schools will make the cut.

"A certain, undisclosed number," he said. "I think it will be a good surprise for everybody."

When asked if it might be a commitment, Destefano said, "I haven't given it much thought."

In the meantime, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound junior is nursing a groin injury, which has kept him out of practice for the last couple of days.

"It started hurting Friday. I rested Saturday, got in the pool on Sunday," Destefano said. "Monday, it got to the point at practice where I said, ‘Coach, I can't even get out of a stance.' The pain's gone now. I've gone through some intense rehab, trying to get ready."

He hopes to be back, ready for practice on Tuesday when Clemson sends offensive coordinator Chad Morris and offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell to the school . Wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott been by.

Destefano's itching to get back on the field, too, but not to impress college recruiters. He simply misses playing the sport he loves.

"It ticks me off, not being able to play and not being able to have fun with my friends, it's just awful," he said.

The love for the game was instilled by his father, Frank, who played football, lacrosse and wrestled at Duke. The elder Destefano was an offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Toronto Argonauts before suffering a career-ending pelvis injury.

"I thank him everyday for what he's done for me," Destefano said. "I can remember in fourth grade, we'd be back out in the woodshed doing offensive line drills. I was too big to play football."

Scout.com ranks Destefano as the No. 8 offensive guard in the class of 2012.


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