Australian Daniel Faalele, 6'8, 395 Lbs, Commits to Minnesota over Alabama, More

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2017

Photo credit: 247Sports.

Massive offensive tackle recruit Daniel Faalele committed to play at the University of Minnesota Saturday, according to ESPN.com's Tom VanHaaren.

Faalele, who is originally from Melbourne, Australia, is listed at 6'8" and 395 pounds.

Per 247Sports, Faalele is a 3-star recruit who ranks as the No. 397 overall prospect, the No. 29 player at his position and the No. 72 player from the state of Florida in the class of 2018.

According to VanHaaren, Faalele had no football experience before transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Video Play Button

Faalele attended a satellite camp run by Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh in Australia after a recruiter from the University of Hawaii discovered him in a Melbourne gym.

Despite his lack of playing experience, Faalele received a ton of interest on the recruiting trail.

Per 247Sports, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Florida State, LSU and Michigan are among the big programs that offered him a scholarship.

After reaching a bowl game in five consecutive seasons, the Golden Gophers struggled in 2017 under new head coach P.J. Fleck.

While Fleck led Western Michigan to a 13-1 mark last season, Minnesota finished just 5-7 in 2017.

With Faalele in the fold, the Gophers are building a potentially monstrous offensive line that should play well in the rough-and-tumble Big Ten moving forward.

Related

    Top Players from the 2020 Senior Bowl 🏆

    Justin Herbert, Jordan Love among @nfldraftscout's winners of the game ➡️

    Minnesota Golden Gophers Football logo
    Minnesota Golden Gophers Football

    Top Players from the 2020 Senior Bowl 🏆

    Matt Miller
    via Bleacher Report

    Justin Herbert Wins Senior Bowl MVP as North Beats South 34-17

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Justin Herbert Wins Senior Bowl MVP as North Beats South 34-17

    Megan Armstrong
    via Bleacher Report

    Notre Dame Recruit Landen Bartleson Arrested on Burglary Charges

    Brian Kelly says incoming freshman CB is no longer with program following arrest

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Notre Dame Recruit Landen Bartleson Arrested on Burglary Charges

    Megan Armstrong
    via Bleacher Report

    Former ACC Commissioner, NCAA President Corrigan Dies at 91

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Former ACC Commissioner, NCAA President Corrigan Dies at 91

    Ben Pickman
    via Sports Illustrated