Tigers Fit the Bill for Capote

Chris Capote had an incredible visit to Clemson this past weekend. In fact, it was so good that he verbally committed to offensive line coach Ron West Sunday morning. CUTigers.com spoke extensively with Capote about this past weekend, and what we can expect out of him next year in Tiger Town.

Florida lineman Chris Capote became the fourth offensive lineman to commit to the Tigers this past weekend, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

"The weekend was awesome," said Capote. "Sunday morning we got up real early to meet with Coach Bowden and Coach West, and that was when I announced my commitment. I had met with Coach West the night before and I knew what to expect for the Sunday meeting."

For Capote, several factors helped pushed him over the edge on his official visit, but nothing impressed him more than the Clemson coaching staff.

"Coach Bowden said a few things that I guess just clicked. He seemed very sincere and down to earth despite the position he holds. Family values are important to me and my parents so he said a lot of things that really hit close to home."

"Off the field, Coach West is a great guy; he cares a lot about his players. On the field , I get the impression he means business, and I really like that," added Capote.

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. Overall, he helped lead his team to an 11-1 record overall and a their second consecutive district championship.

And while he still has one more semester of high school to finish up, his playing days in Florida are now behind him. He'll now start getting ready for next year, where it looks as though offensive line coach Ron West will give him a shot at tackle once he arrives on campus.

"Yeah, the coaches told me that I'd get a look at tackle, which is my preferred position. For me, I work hard training both on and off the field, and I've been told I have excellent footwork for 290 pounds, but I'd like to work on my strength some more," said Capote.

Chris runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds, benches 330 pounds and squats 480 pounds as a high school senior. He also holds a grade point average of 3.5 and projects as a full qualifier.

As far as his trip to Clemson this past weekend, Capote got in a little late on Friday night, but he was able to meet Coach Bowden at his home, before heading out to a couple of parties with Chip Myrick, his host for the weekend.

"Chip was a pretty down guy. I was really impressed with how the offensive lineman stuck together and I got along so well with all of them. Nobody really stood out to me but honestly, but I felt like I had known them all a long time," added Capote.

"Saturday we took the tour of the athletic facilities, Vickery Hall, the campus, and the dorms. We ended the afternoon with an exciting run down the hill at Death Valley after rubbing the rock. Later that evening we went to the banquet; the food was real good with tons of shrimp, and it was nice to see how all the seniors were honored. The rest of the night was full of parties even better than the night before."

Most experts had penciled in several other offensive linemen that seemed more likely to commit to the Tigers this weekend, but after taking in several days at the base of Blue Ridge mountains, Capote knew that Clemson was the place for him.

"I liked the idea of a college town atmosphere. I think if I had the distractions I might be tempted," said Capote. "I wanted to be somewhere where my teammates were also my good friends and I wanted to feel good about the coaches."

"I also want to be in football program that has had success at graduating their players and putting players in the NFL and Clemson just fit the bill- it just felt right. I didn't what to delay my decision and then not be able to have a chance at all those things," added Capote.

Chris chose the Tigers over Colorado State, Rutgers, and Boston College, but after this past weekend, he's done with his visits, and he's solid with his verbal commitment to Clemson University.

In other words, he's a Tiger!

Welcome to the Clemson family Chris, you're in for one heckuva ride.

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