DeStefano enjoys visit with Morris, learning about the "smash mouth spread"


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DeStefano says he would like to make a decision before the summer.
DeStefano says he would like to make a decision before the summer.

CLEMSON – Dorman OL Patrick DeStefano (6-6, 275) wrapped up his visit to Clemson University on Sunday morning, and he said one of the highlights of the visit was getting to sit down with new offensive coordinator Chad Morris.

“It was a great visit, and I was able to catch up with some of the coaches I’ve known for a while,” DeStefano said. “And then I got to spend some time with the new coach, Coach Morris. He has a great offense, and I am really interested in it. The biggest thing about his offense is that he combines all elements of football in it. I love what he calls he calls it – he describes it as the smash mouth spread.”

DeStefano said he didn’t get to meet new offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell.

“I didn’t get to meet him, because he was moving his family to Clemson from Tennessee,” he said. “But hey, that gives me another reason to come back to Clemson for another visit, so I can meet him.”

DeStefano said he took in the Tigers’ win over Florida St. in basketball on Saturday, and enjoyed seeing the facilities and running down The Hill, but mostly enjoyed getting to know a lot of the other recruits and current Clemson players.

“The visit was great, but the best thing I took away from it wasn’t really about Clemson,” he said. “It was getting just getting to know some of the guys. I got to hang out with Dalton [Clemson center Dalton Freeman] and some of the guys. But I also got to hang out with Oliver Jones [Ninety Six, OL, 6-6, 284]. He and I met at Coach Swinney’s camp, and it was great to be around him.”

DeStefano said that he plans to graduate from Dorman a semester early and enroll in college next January, so he won't wait too long before making a decision.

“I don’t want to rush into anything, but I do want to make a decision before the summer,” he said. “I don’t have leader at this point, but I am going to sit down and think about it, and when I make a decision, it will be the right one. I’m not one of these guys that is going to commit, and then de-commit. That just looks bad.”

DeStefano already has scholarship offers from Clemson, Duke, South Carolina, North Carolina, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Maryland, Tennessee, Stanford, Northwestern and Wisconsin.


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