No Redshirt for Capote? caught up with incoming freshman Chris Capote earlier this week to get his thoughts on the upcoming season, his offseason workout program, and the comments made about him by WCCP radio personality and former Clemson offensive lineman Will Merritt.

Chris Capote
Offensive Tackle
Killian High School (Miami, FL)
NR: 110 Rating: ***

For Miami native and Clemson signee Chris Capote, everything is finally starting to fall into place.

"Everything is going real good right now," said Capote in a recent interview. "I was chosen for the male scholar athlete award of my school and was recognized by the Miami Herald. We're still in classes down here, but I graduate on June 12th."

Capote has already decided on a major at Clemson, and it appears he will be arriving on campus at least a few weeks before the start of fall practice.

"I will be up in Clemson a few days before the second summer session starts. I'm planning on taking one or two classes and working as hard as I can for the fall. I want to major in Premed."

And just like the other incoming freshman, Capote has been going through his workouts with the hopes of seeing the field this year.

"Offseason training has been going great. I'm benching 390, squatting 500 & power cleaning 310. I'm at 6'5" and weighing about 308. I've been running & keeping my speed up."

Finally, we asked Capote if he was aware of the comments made by former Clemson offensive lineman Will Merritt last week. (Merritt has indicated on more than one occasion that he feels like Capote will avoid a redshirt year in 2003.)

"I read the transcript of the interview with Will Merritt. I'm really impressed that he thinks that way of me. I feel that I can contribute right away to the offensive line. I know the team is headed for a great season. I just can't wait to be a part of it!"

Chris put together an outstanding final year of high school football, averaging close to 12 pancakes per game and not allowing a single sack all season long. Once he arrives on campus, he is projected to play as an offensive tackle, however he also has the versatility to play as a guard. Top Stories