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Decision Day for DeStefano
Patrick DeStefano, Scout.com's No. 8 offensive guard in the country, will announce his college destination at Dorman High School Monday afternoon at 3 PM.
DeStefano, who as a mainstay at Clemson during the past year, has offers from many of the top schools in the country, including Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and more.
However, he has kept quiet about a list of his top schools.
DeStefano is the second-highest ranked player in the state for the class of 2012 and would be a nice kickstart to Clemson's recruiting efforts, should he pledge for the orange and white later today.
He is also planning to enroll a semester early and would likely be available for spring practice in March 2012.
"He's a big kid. He's got a big-time motor him," notes Dorman head coach Dave Gutshall. "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 football, lacrosse and wrestled at Duke. He was also 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 told CUTigers recently. "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."
The 6-5, 280 pound guard would be the second four-star pledge for Clemson in the 2012 class, and the fourth overall public commitment. The Clemson coaching staff has also secured a pledge from four-star wide receiver Germone Hopper.
CUTigers will have live coverage of today's press conference on its premium message board The Valley, later this afternoon.
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