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Dorman OL Patrick DeStefano became the third major in state prospect to declare his college choice Monday when he announced for Clemson. DeStefano chose the Tigers over offers from USC, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee, North Carolina, Arkansas, Florida State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and others. Clemson was long thought to be his favorite and he confirmed that with his announcement made at the Dorman High School football stadium press box. “I love Clemson,” he said. Destefano added that he firmed up his decision on a plane trip home from a visit to Penn State March 12th. “I love Penn State and it’s a great school but it doesn’t compare to Clemson,” he said. DeStefano’s father played in the NFL and his coach says he has good football traits. “He plays as hard as any player I’ve had at Dorman,” said Dave Gutshall. DeStefano plans to graduate from high school in December and enroll at Clemson in January. He’s the Tigers fourth commitment for 2012 and the second on the offensive line.
The offer list for Myrtle Beach DE Tyler Knox continues to expand. Monday Clemson and Tennessee joined the group. Previous offers to Knox were USC, Kentucky, Central Florida, Memphis, Ole Miss, Purdue, Miami, NC State, Mississippi State, Southern Cal and Tennessee. Knox has been keeping his options open and is not claiming favorites at this point.
LB Darius Hall (5-11 222) of Miami is verbally committed to Oklahoma State but says, “I’m still going to take all of my visits.” Hall plans to visit Oklahoma State and Louisville, where his cousin plays, and is undecided on his other trips. “I want to play in either the ACC or the Big 12,” Hall said. Clemson has shown interest in Hall, among other schools. “I talked to Jeff Scott and he told me he really liked my film but wants to see me in person,” he said. “He said he is coming to watch me in the spring game. Hopefully, it’ll work out.” Hall has an offer from North Carolina Central and is expecting Cincinnati, Marshall and Memphis to offer as well. Other schools showing interest are Miami and Wisconsin.
DE Evan Duke (6-4 224) of Wake Forest, NC is drawing interest from several schools but has not yet drawn an offer. But he is expecting some to come in this summer. Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell checked up on Duke a couple of weeks ago. The Tigers and Maryland have been showing the strongest interest according to Duke. USC invited him to the spring game but he couldn’t make it. This summer Duke said he would camp at Clemson, USC, Maryland, NC State, East Carolina, Wake Forest and Auburn. He will wait until after his season to make a decision. Last season Duke had 42 tackles with 16 sacks and he knocked down 15 pass attempts.
Clemson has done well in recent years finding talented players willing to leave the state of Alabama. The Tigers have zeroed in on another target in the land of the Tigers and Tide in DL Tyler Nero (6-3 290) of Atmore. Tiger recruiter Charley Harbison was by the school last week and watched Nero worked out. “He thinks I look like a good football player,” Nero said. “He liked how I dominated in practice.” Nero said he has offers from Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, South Alabama, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Arkansas and Arkansas State. He plans to visit all of those schools this summer. He’s open right now with no favorites. Nero said he grew up liking Alabama and Auburn with no favorite. And he does not feel tied to the state. He said he’ll make his decision after the season. Last season Nero had 73 tackles with 14 tackles for loss and 7 sacks.
USC women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley Friday signed 5-11 guard Brett Ball of Jackson, MS. Ball is the niece of Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Ruthie Bolton and Mae Ola Bolton. Ball was an all state performer last season. She was also recruited by Temple, Southern Miss and East Carolina.