2020 DL DeMonte Capehart (6-5 275) of Hartsville Tuesday committed to Clemson while on campus for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp. He’s the Tigers’ first commitment for that class and he rewarded the Tigers for being the first school to offer him.
“I talked to him about and I said son, it’s awful early,” said Hartsville coach Jeff Calabrese. “He said, ‘You know coach, I know it is except I just feel at home. I feel very comfortable there, it feels right to me, it just feels like home.’ That’s what it is, that’s what he felt and that’s why he committed.”
Capehart also holds offers from USC, North Carolina, Duke, Florida and Tennessee. He has seen his recruiting stock continue to climb with solid camp performances last summer and this spring and a very good junior season in which he compiled 7 sacks and 25 tackles for loss.
“DeMonte is extremely explosive, strong, that’s a pretty lethal combination,” Calabrese said. “He’s a growing technician trying to understand the position and do the ins and outs of the things that we require. As a young player, that’s all you can ask of him.”
And his coach feels he will be a good fit for what Clemson likes to do on the defensive line.
“If you look at Clemson’s defensive line and what they have been about for the last couple of years during this championship run, it started up front on defense,” he said. “DeMonte is that kind of player, very disruptive, big, strong and fast which is how they build their championship defense. I think that’s what they see.”
Capehart has been a regular visitor to Clemson for games and camps over the last two years including an appearance at the Tigers’s spring game in April.