Signee 101: Get to know 3-star OL Daniel Faalele

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Daniel Faalele, a 3-star offensive lineman listed at 6-foot-8, is one of the biggest recruits. The Minnesota commit also has one of the more interesting stories going into the early signing period.

Faalele is 400 pounds — and didn’t play a down of football until this season. He’s also at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., by way of Australia.

With Faalele’s commitment to Minnesota, the Gophers are hovering around the Top 25 in recruiting rankings.

Daniel Faalele: Stats, bio

Name: Daniel Faalele

Height: 6-foot-8

Weight: 400 pounds

School/Team: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Daniel Faalele: Recruiting rankings

National: No. 398

Position: No. 30

State (Fla.): 72

Note: These rankings are from 247 Sports

Daniel Faalele: Commitment

Faalele committed to Minnesota and coach P.J. Fleck after going on an official on Dec. 8. Faalele has an impressive list of offers, including College Football Playoff participants Alabama and Georgia. The lineman also took official visits to those schools.

Faalele picked up an offer from the Gophers in March.

The IMG prospect even tagged his location as Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium when making his commitment.

“I am 1000% committed to the university of Minnesota. Please respect my decision,” Faalele wrote.

Faalele was at Michigan’s satellite camp in Melbourne last summer and started gaining attention and traction with his recruitment. The big lineman isn’t the only IMG player committed to Minnesota, either.

IMG teammate Zack Annexstad, a quarterback, has committed as a preferred walk-on. Curtis Dunlap is the brightest star so far to commit, however. Dunlap is a 4-star recruit as a guard and committed to the Gophers on Dec. 9. The 6-foot-4, 368-pound Dunlap is rated No. 198 nationally.

As ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren reports, a Hawaii recruiter found Faalele in a Melbourne gym to jump-start Faalele’s football career.

Though Michigan once was seen as the favorite because of that early connection with the satellite camp, the Gophers earned Faalele’s commitment over the Wolverines, Georgia and Tennessee.

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