Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we discuss the latest with massive offensive lineman Daniel Faalele and Joshua Moore.
Alabama interested in Faalele
Daniel Faalele (pronounced Fa-uh-lay-lay) hasn’t played one down of football before, but that hasn’t stopped Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Florida State and others from offering him a scholarship.
Why would major college football programs be interested in Faalele when he hasn’t played in a game before? Well, he’s 6-foot-8 and 400 pounds — and as coaches always say — you can’t teach size. You would think with him being 400 pounds that he would look sloppy, but he doesn’t. Faalele is really well put together for being enormous.
The IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) offensive tackle moved to the United States from Australia after being presented with an opportunity to play football. A University of Hawaii assistant coach offered him a scholarship in 2015 after seeing Faalele in his gym back in Australia. After that, the thought of moving here to get an education and play football became a reality.
“The opportunities here in America and the facilities at IMG was why I moved,” Faalele told SEC Country. “I was interested in football and started to research schools in the U.S., and I came across IMG. I then emailed coach (Kevin) Wright.”
IMG Academy is known to be a machine when it comes to producing college football players. Every player on its roster has college interest. For the most part, those players have been playing football for their entire lives. Faalele, who was named an Under Armour All-American on Tuesday, just started practicing for the first time nine months ago.
When he got offered by Alabama in January, all he knew was that the Crimson Tide won a lot of football games. He wants to make a trip to Tuscaloosa to fully understand what Alabama is all about.
“I want to visit there to get a feel for what it’s like there,” Faalele said. “I do like their winning culture. Outside of that, I really don’t know much about them. I just know that they win a lot.”
His lack of knowledge about one of the top football programs in the country isn’t as crazy when you understand that nine months ago Faalele didn’t understand why teams kick off to start the game. He didn’t know how to block opposing players. He didn’t know anything about football.
That’s why when he transferred from Australia to America last year he didn’t play in any of the team’s games. He had a lot to learn.
Since he’s started to play, the transition, he says, is getting easier.
“The adjustment to playing has been smooth for me,” Faalele said. “I’ve just been trusting my coaches, and it’s been working out for me so far.”
SEC Country had a chance to see Faalele compete at the Orlando Opening regional competition in February and it was clear that he still is very raw. He relies on his massive size right now instead of technique, and that’s totally fine when you consider all of the factors at play here.
That’s why colleges are giving him a chance. He’s a ball of clay waiting to be molded. There are no poor habits when it comes to Faalele’s technique right now. The scary thing is once he gets a full season under his belt, Faalele has a chance to be a monster on the field.
He also has the attitude of an offensive lineman already and has picked up the correct vernacular.
“I love getting pancakes,” Faalele said. “That’s the best part.”
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) February 26, 2017
Alabama makes the cut for 4-star WR
Joshua Moore, another IMG Academy prospect, hasn’t been to Tuscaloosa yet, but Alabama made his top 10 on Tuesday night. That’s somewhat significant because Moore claims 58 scholarship offers to his name.
Moore, a 4-star prospect, has told reporters before that Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State, in no order, are actually his top three schools, despite his new top schools list. It should be mentioned that some recruits change their top schools almost daily.
Still, Alabama wide receivers coach Mike Locksley has taken over Moore’s recruitment and has been in touch with the nation’s No. 15 wide receiver since being named Billy Napier’s replacement.
Expect Moore to make it to Alabama this summer.