Ready for the next step

Four-star offensive guard commitment Patrick Destefano recently wrapped up his high school playing career.

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Dorman was knocked out of the South Carolina AAAA Division I playoffs last Friday night by rival Gaffney.

A week earlier, the No. 15 offensive guard in the class of 2012 was in Clemson for his official visit. He's been to every Clemson home game this season. recently caught up with Destefano for an update.

"It's been a great honor to watch them in 2011. I can't wait to be there for 2012 in whatever role that may be," he said. "Whether that be a scout squad guy, I can't wait to be a part of this program."

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound senior said he's got plenty of work to do over the next several months.

"I'm in great shape to play high school football. It's a whole different level up there," he said. "I am nowhere close physically, technique, strength, conditioning. I have to really focus on that and start getting ready for the next level."

Destefano shared what he and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney discussed on his official visit two weekends ago.

"He asked how I was going to close up high school," Destefano said. "After that, we were talking about the Tigers and what I can do for the team. He said, 'We're losing a lot of guys. I can't promise you anything. Everything you do is going to come from you.'

"Even though we're losing four seniors, there's 12 or 13 guys who've been working their tail off for two years, chomping that bit. That'd be arrogant of me to say I'm going to come in as mister big and bad high school and think I can just start."

But that's what he wants, a starting job. And you can bet that he's going to work for it.

"Anything I get, I'm going to work my tail off for," he said. Top Stories