DeStefano says spring game wasn't "dominant", will have decision Monday

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SPARTANBURG - The Dorman Cavaliers held the annual spring game Thursday evening, and most people were happy just to be near the sounds of football again.

Not Patrick DeStefano Patrick DeStefano
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, the strapping (6-4, 275) offensive tackle who will more than likely be the top-rated offensive lineman in the state this coming season.

DeStefano suffered a hip flexor injury early in spring practice, and he said he didn’t play anywhere near the level he is used to.
“That just makes me mad,” DeStefano told TigerNet following the game. “I have worked my butt off for four rigorous months. Four grueling months. And then I get hurt two days into spring practice. I got to practice yesterday, but that wasn’t enough.

“Tonight, I wasn’t getting beat, but I wasn’t dominating. I want domination and that wasn’t it. I know there is an excuse there, but you have to suffer through injuries. All in all, it was a good game, but it wasn’t up to my standards. Great beats good every single time.”

He said the injury didn’t cause him pain, but he still noticed he wasn’t 100 percent.
“It felt fine, and it didn’t hurt,” he said. “But it still doesn’t feel completely right. I just have to get back in there and strap it on. I still have a lot I have to prove to myself and to my teammates. They need me at my best.”

DeStefano has offers from many of the top programs, but he has decided to end his recruitment next Monday. Instead of announcing a short list of schools as he previously announced, he instead will announce his final decision at 3 p.m. in the Dorman press box.

“I have been everywhere I wanted to go, and I have seen all my options,” he said. “I know where my future family will be. I decided to commit not because I feel like I can have an impact on my classmates, and maybe I can influence some other guys to make decisions. I want to help my new team out.”

DeStefano said the school he has chosen is “home” in more ways than one.

“It feels like home, and I told everybody early on that the biggest thing for me is that I feel comfortable at that school,” he said. “When I commit, I am going to be at that school for the next four years. I have a plan, and I am going to stick it out until I am an alumni. I want to play great football, but I also want a great education. One day, football will end. Hopefully that is later rather that sooner.”

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DeStefano says spring game wasn't "dominant", will have decision Monday
I feel pretty darn good about this one!
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Sirius question... why would a OL choose Clemson over
Re: Why NOT! Clemson is close, Clemson is Great & he......
and rely on his PRTM degree to pay the bills?
Re: and rely on his PRTM degree to pay the bills?
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old Slac Tiger
i didn't, so i'm not a real fan
You wouldnt because the last one to get drafted was 1979?
I was reffering to the link he posted***
Try the last o-lineman drafted was in 2011 Chris Hairston***
reffering to the link in his post***
Dude, trying to read an 18 yr olds mind is harder than
old Slac Tiger
you're right
Re: you're right
well i could try to explain it to but
Re: i didn't, so i'm not a real fan
other than it is the best school in the state, playing time
Theres more majors than one can list. I was supprised when
Re: and rely on his PRTM degree to pay the bills?
Re: and rely on his PRTM degree to pay the bills?
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I asked my wife to irony my shirt this morning, and she
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How about these reasons?
Re: How about these reasons?
Re: Sirius question... why would a OL choose Clemson over
Re: Sirius question... why would a OL choose Clemson over
he gave a silent last week... move on......***

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