Profile: Michael Saffell
Position: Offensive Line
Location: Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison
Weight: 295 pounds
Recruiting: Saffell's recruitment was a little slow to get going but picked up considerably after he was named OL MVP following the Opening Regional Camp back in L.A back in late February. Colorado State was his first offer and and schools like San Jose State, UNLV and a few out of the Ivy League followed suit. We knew the lineman wanted to play in the Pac-12 and when Cal offered in late July, they immediately moved to the top of his board. Saffell took an official visit to Berkeley this past weekend and committed just a few days later.
What to Like: Saffell just looks like a prototype center. He's stocky and very powerful at a rock solid 6-2. 295 pounds. He's extremely smart, plays with next level technique right now and is an adept run blocker and pass protector. He plays for a H.S program that runs a balanced offense that goes under center as well as out of the shotgun and the tough schedule he faces should allow Saffell to enter college ahead of most incoming linemen. Saffell is quick, light on his feet and moves very well. He can get to the second level and make a block on a linebacker or safety and does a nice job finishing and playing through the whistle. He's a tough kid and plays with a nice edge to him. He has the perfect temperament to play in the trenches, nasty but under control.
Areas to improve: The biggest thing for Saffell to continue to work on is his overall athleticism. We like where he's at technique and strength wise but just being a better athlete will be good for him. He's a smart player and we think he'll adjust quickly to the speed of the game. If he can continue to improve his lateral mobility and short area quickness, he could see the field sooner than later.
Overall Analysis: We like Saffell a lot and were always surprised he didn't have more Pac-12 attention. He's a kid that has the physical tools to play and excel at the BCS level. He's also a tremendous student off the field and should really flourish in Berkeley.