Mafoe waiting on one offer

One of the biggest and most sought-after lineman in the state of California's JC-ranks is El Camino OL Daniel Mafoe (6-4, 320). He's big and he's versatile and more importantly, he's hearing from a number of programs and has already wracked up a boatload of offers.

"I had a ton of offers when I was a senior in high school," Mafoe told "I had offers from most of the Pac 10, the ACC and the Big 10. I just didn't qualify, so that's why I'm here.

"Coach (John) Featherstone is a great coach and they have a habit of moving guys on and I felt like I could get noticed here."

Mafoe prepped at Carson High School in Carson, California and he had his choice of places to go, but now, heading into his sophomore season at El Camino…he's looking at the possibility of having even more offers in front of him.

"I have offers from San Diego State, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Washington State, Washington and Purdue," Mafoe said. "I'm really waiting to see if Miami offers me because I have some friends (Kayne Farquharson and recent commit Justin Thompson) who will be going there or are already there and they always produce great lineman.

"If (Miami) offers they'll be in my top five, but right now I don't really have one."

Mafoe runs well for a man his size, claiming a 5.0 forty time, and he's got incredible strength, maxing out at 375 pounds on the bench.

"I'm working on my strength still, but I think I'm pretty strong already," Mafoe said. "I can run or pass-block pretty well, but I want to get better as a run-blocker. I'm very confident as a pass-blocker because I have enough quickness to drop and get into my sets, but as a run-blocker I need to get better at using angles and my footwork to get to the next level."

Another interesting tidbit is that Mafoe, who is widely considered one of the best athletes on El Camino's talented roster, was recruited by several D-1AA schools to play volleyball.

"I was an outside hitter for my high school team," Mafoe said. "I got recruited by UC Davis and Cal State Northridge. My heart was with football though, so now I just play it for fun, but I'm competitive so I can get pretty intense."

Mafoe will graduate in May of 2008 and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from Mafoe as the season gets closer.

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