O-lineman picks Clemson

Tennessee fought the good fight but came up a bit short in the battle for one of South Carolina's premier football prospects.

Patrick Destefano, a 4-star recruit rated the No. 8 guard prospect in all of high school football by Scout.com, announced at 3:03 today that he has committed to play for the in-state Clemson Tigers.

Destefano remained tight-lipped throughout the recruiting process, never offering a list of five or even 10 finalists for his services. He reportedly considered the Vols but has been leaning to Clemson for quite some time.

Destefano, a 6-5, 280-pounder, will be a senior this fall at Dorman High School in Roebuck, S.C.

In an interview posted May 14 on Scout's Clemson website, CUTigers.com, Dorman high head coach Dave Gutshall said: "I believe everybody in the SEC and ACC has offered him. Notre Dame was here today. They've offered. Stanford is supposed to fly in Tuesday. They've offered. National attention, everybody's here. We've been going through that the last couple of years."

In addition to outstanding size, Destefano reportedly has an exceptional work ethic.

"He's got a big-time motor him," Gutshall told CUTigers.com. "He plays hard. He loves the game of football. Football is everything to Patrick. He comes from a football family, which helps."

Destefano's father, Frank, played college football at Duke, then spent several years in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints.

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