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Signing Day Capsule: All-CIF center Michael Saffell signs with Cal

We get you familiarized with Cal's second signee of the 2017 National Signing Day class in Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison center Michael Saffell.

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ANALYSIS: A 4.3 GPA student who's already formed a deep friendship with his future quarterback, Michael Saffell is an anchor on the offensive line. He's strong with setting his hands on blocks, is aggressive and explosive at the point of attack. He has the mental flexibility to excel in pass protection and run blocking, man and zone schemes, and both pro-style sets and spread. It's really in run blocking that he excels, with quick explosion off the ball, getting up into his defender and keeping leverage. Saffell stays over his feet, doesn't over-extend and keeps those feet moving. 

“Finding good centers can be challenging and it’s a tremendous feeling to know we’ve got one of the best in the country in this recruiting class in Michael," said head coach Justin Wilcox. "The fact that he earned just about every award possible during a great senior season for a team that ended up being one of the best in California says a lot about how highly regarded he is.”

Even midway through his All-CIF D3 senior season, when Saffell started seeing two defenders thrown at him, he defeated double teams with ease, again, thanks to quick, constantly-chopping feet, a low center of gravity, balance and strength. Recruiting Blair Angulo, after watching Saffell practice for the Polynesian Bowl, said of Cal's new center: "Tough-nosed kid, man. Like him a lot."

That shows in the fact that he played rugby for the 16U 2014 California state champion, Back Bay Youth Rugby team.

A pupil of former San Francisco 49ers lineman Jesse Sapolu, Saffell participated in the Polynesian Bowl in late January, across from future teammate Poutasi Poutasi.

Saffell was a four-year varsity player, and a three-year starter, winning one CIF SS D3 title, and three Sunset League championships. Saffell was named the Sunset League Offensive Lineman of the Year for two years straight, and was a first-team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports and Maxpreps as a senior. He also added All-County, All-Region, All-Area, All-CIF Southern Section and All-Sunset League plaudits as a senior. 

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