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Daniel Faalele blowing up, but he remembers a certain satellite camp
For those who are unaware of the force that is Daniel Faalele, he is a 6-foot-9, 390-pound OT prospect from Melbourne, Australia.
Remember that satellite camp Michigan hosted in a different continent that, fittingly, brought a lot of heat on the Wolverines? Well … that’s how Faalele was discovered, and that’s how he knew he would be pursuing “American football” — as they call it in Australia.
The massive Aussie has blown up since that satellite camp in June of last year, having received 11 FBS offers since the camp. Another fun fact? He decided to pack his bags and move to the greatest country in the world, where American football is, well … just football.
Faalele didn’t move to the United States without a plan. He’s playing football at the school known as the best for athletes trying to get to the next level in the U.S.: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Getting right for 2k17? pic.twitter.com/G0VVzJ4OJr
— Daniel Faalele (@DanielFaalele_) January 5, 2017
Still without any rankings, stars, etc. — Faalele has managed to go from one offer from Hawaii upon his arrival in the States to now 11 since enrolling at IMG in the fall. And that includes the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Miami. Not bad for a prospect who, if it wasn’t for a “pointless” satellite camp in Australia, would’ve never played American football.
That’s what these satellite camps are about. Michigan finds, and recruits, maybe three kids a year that it wouldn’t have recruited had it not been for the camps. But allowing the participants at the camps to meet coaches from all kinds of different schools, the money that’s raised for the schools themselves, and the kids that would’ve never played football if it wasn’t for the camps — that’s what it’s all about. And Faalele’s story is a prime example of that.
Now, onto what’s important about recruiting: Faalele’s interest in the Wolverines.
It’s early, not only for the 2018 class but for Faalele in general as he still acclimates to life on a different continent. And though his decision is far from made, he broke his current recruitment down pretty simply with Land of 10.
On his recruitment: “I’ve received 10 offers since I got to IMG; I had one when I got here. It’s been crazy.”
On his interest in Michigan: “It was the first staff I met at the camp back home. I am very interested in Michigan.”
On visiting Michigan: “It all depends on transportation. If I can’t get there during the spring or summer, I will definitely take an official visit.”
Faalele has heard a lot from Michigan since that camp, and will likely continue to until it’s all said and done in his recruitment.
The Wolverines missed out on their two big-framed offensive tackle targets in the 2017 class in 6-7 Mekhi Becton and 6-8 Isaiah Wilson. So a 6-9 replacement in the 2018 class could make for a rather large consolation prize for the Wolverines.
Expect Faalele to be pursued closely.
Will Michigan offer 4-star DT Trevor Trout?
St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade DT prospect Trevor Trout won’t be standing around waiting for a Michigan offer like it will put his life in a spin cycle. The 247Sports Composite 4-star recruit has 20 other offers to look at, including ones from Arkansas, LSU, Penn State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA and USC.
Honored to be a CBS Sports Junior All-American! pic.twitter.com/9yn2rpyqln
— Trevor Trout® (@totaltroutmove) January 11, 2017
But, there’s no doubting that if the Wolverines extended an offer to Trout, he would give it a close look. Trout first spoke to me about Michigan a year ago, as I watched him take part in a camp as an underclassman. He spoke highly of the Wolverines, calling them one of his favorites to watch at the time, saying an offer them is one he has always wished for. For no certain, specific, reason … he just wanted that offer.
And now? Well, it’s nearly word-for-word the same quote from a year ago.
“(If Michigan offered), they would easily be one of top my schools,” Trout told Land of 10. “They’re easily one of the top programs right now.”
But even if a kid loves a school to death, that doesn’t mean said school will offer him.
So what gives on the offer?
It might happen. The day after the dead period ended, Michigan’s staff strolled through Chaminade High to speak with Trout — and tell him they plan to actively recruit Trout.
I’m no rocket scientist, but if a coach, during the heat of National Signing Day and right after the dead period concluded, strolled through your school offering a message like that, I’d say your chances of getting offered are pretty large.
When the evaluation period begins on April 15, might Michigan get the opportunity to check out Trout’s game and perhaps extend that offer? That wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.
And if the offer comes, a commitment from Trout might loom later.
Keep an eye on it.