Salinas Palma (Calif.) interior lineman Drew Dalman is one of three linemen in Stanford’s 2017 class. Along with five-star offensive tackles Foster Sarell and Walker Little, this could one of the best linemen groups to ever make it to The Farm.
Dalman is a Stanford legacy player. His father, Chris, played and was an assistant coach for the Cardinal. Both father and son played at Palma, and head coach Jeff Carnazzo thinks he knows which Dalman is better.
“On the offensive side of the ball Drew is dominant,” Carnazzo said. “He plays every play to the echo of the whistle. He is the type of player that will drive you to the turf and then help you up after....and then do it again on the next play. He studies the game and is a coach on the field. On defense he is unblockable. He makes plays from sideline to sideline and never comes off the field. With all due respect to his Dad Chris...Drew is the most dominant football player to come out of Palma.”
Dalman is a force on the field, but where he separates himself as a player is what can’t be seen on a stat sheet.
“Drew possesses uncommon leadership skills. It is rare to see a high school kid show the type of leadership that he does. Most kids are worried about what their friends will say if they exert any kind of leadership. Drew has the ability to make his teammates better. He works so hard on the field, in the weight room and in the classroom and nobody wants to let him down. He will carry that with him to the Stanford campus.”
The #7 center in the class held offers from about half the Pac-12 as well as Michigan, but when he got word that he had been admitted, Dalman committed on the spot.
“It has been a lifelong dream of Drew to follow in his Dad's footsteps at Stanford,” Carnazzo said. “He had a lot of offers from a lot great schools but his heart was set on Stanford. A lot of tears were shed by Drew, his family and his coaches the day Stanford offered!”
Stanford has made a habit of instilling “intellectual brutality” on its opponents, and it’s clear Dalman has the size to deliver the brutality and brains as well.
“In all my years of teaching, he is one of the top 2 or 3 brightest kids I have taught. Combine that with his football IQ, his selfless attitude and the content of his character and the sky is the limit for Drew. Stanford is getting a gem!”