Noah DeHond, who played two seasons at McQuaid Jesuit, announced Monday night he has given a verbal commitment to play college football at Clemson University.
“I didn’t think it would be this quick but as soon as I visited Clemson (in South Carolina), I knew it was the place,’’ DeHond said. “It was a family atmosphere that coach (Dabo) Swinney has.
“It’s reflected in his players and coaches.”
DeHond transferred to Peddie School in Highstown, New Jersey after he completed his junior year in June at McQuaid, where he played as an offensive tackle. The Penfield resident, who is 6-foot-7 and 318 pounds, will reclassify and put himself on a track to graduate from high school in 2017.
At least 18 college teams offered DeHond a full athletic scholarship, including Alabama of the Southeastern Conference, Wisconsin in the Big 10 and seven members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, including Clemson.
Visits made during the summer encouraged DeHond to make his choice sooner, rather than wait.
“That was exciting,’’ DeHond said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity, happy to have it.’’