Daniel Faalele (Photo by John Garcia, Jr.)

Australian import and 6-foot-8, 400-pound lineman Daniel Faalele continues to turn heads, add offers

DAVENPORT, Fla. -- Hundreds of college football hopefuls participated at The Opening Orlando over the weekend, but all came up short in size or stature compared to Daniel Faalele.

It's hard not to notice Daniel Faalele when near the class of 2018 football prospect. He says he is 6-foot-8, 400 pounds, without shoes on and he plays for the most talked about high school program in America -- IMG Academy. 

Stating that many eyes were on him over the weekend among many of the state of Florida's best during The Opening Orlando would be an understatement. 

Yet the Australia native remains soft-spoken regarding the people curious about his size, his game or any of his major scholarship offers from Alabama to Michigan and a dozen in between. Florida State was the latest extension he added, coming last weekend on an unofficial visit to Tallahassee.

"That was good, definitely more than what I expected," Faalele said. "Just with the facilities, how in-depth their coaching is. They offered me. It felt good to get it."

The recruiting process is fairly new to the rising-senior, but he's more seasoned there than on the field where he was a reserve for the Ascenders as a junior. Still, many programs have seen enough to pull the trigger on him as a potential two-way line prospect.


The towering talent has a layered evaluation method in the search for an ideal school.

"I look at what the coaches can do for me in getting me to the next level," he said. "From the education standpoint, just what they can offer. Plus, the facilities, whether it's a winning culture, a brotherhood and all of that.

"It's pretty early in the process, I'm still figuring it out." 

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Faalele says his travels to the Sunshine State have eliminated any reservations on location in selecting a school. 

"It doesn't play too much of a big part," he said. "I don't really mind what the weather is." 

Holding his own at the regional camp over the weekend, plenty of work remains for the "raw" prospect, according to a position coach who spent Sunday working him out. There has even been some discussion about playing on the defensive side of the ball with such a big frame.

Faalele remains open to the possibilities.

"Size, strength, length, I just want to play," he said. "I don't really care what I will play, I just want to play."

IMG Academy will conduct a bus tour through several programs in the ACC in the coming weeks, but additional visits are up in the air beyond that. 

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