Athletic OL DeStefano Scores Top Offers

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Patrick DeStefano is truly Mr. Versatility when it comes to blockers on Dorman High School’s (Roebuck, S.C.) varsity football squad. In two seasons as a starter on the varsity, the 6-5, 270-pound junior has lined up at a variety of positions including left and right offensive tackle, left and right offensive guard, tight end and fullback. It’s this versatility that has helped attract major FBS scholarship offers.

“Every school likes me for a different spot,” DeStefano said. “Some say guard. Some say tackle.”

Despite being a productive performer on the varsity each of the past two seasons, DeStefano is modest about his accomplishments. He demonstrates a drive to get better.

“The reason why I started my sophomore year was because the guys in front of me beat my tail every week my freshman year,” said DeStefano, who has played alongside talents such as Clemson rising red-shirt freshman offensive lineman Brandon Thomas.

“Right now, I’m nowhere near good. I wasn’t good as a sophomore. I wasn’t good as a junior. I have miles to go. Like I said, I owe a lot of what I’ve done to the guys that came before me.”

Twenty major FBS programs, including most of the ACC and top SEC programs such as Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee, have offered. Earlier reports had the in-state Clemson Tigers as the favorite, though the Dorman product did not reveal any leader in this interview.

“I don’t have a favorite,” he said.

Asked when he wanted to make a decision, DeStefano said, “The second I know with all my heart where I want to go to school, it’ll be over. Recruiting is fun, but it can take its toll. Also, at the same point, I’m not going to rush this decision. When the time comes, I’ll commit. I am going to be an early grad, though.”

Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Georgia and South Carolina are some of the schools DeStefano has visited so far. Next week will be a busy one with trips lined up to Florida, Notre Dame, Penn State and Tennessee. This summer, assuming no decision has been made, DeStefano plans to travel to the Commonwealth to visit Virginia and Virginia Tech. He lived in Roanoke for 11 years before ultimately moving to South Carolina.

“Growing up, I always heard about Virginia