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2016 National Signing Day: Other news and tidbits

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Here’s the best of the rest from 2016 National Signing Day that we were unable to get around to fully:

  • Arizona State signed a punter who can kick with both legs – Michael Sleep-Dalton, who comes to Tempe from Geelong, Australia, by way of City College of San Francisco. “He’s a special young man… We’ve played against some kickers throughout the year who are rugby-style kickers, and we thought it was a great advantage to have one,” ASU head coach Todd Graham told our Mike Yam and Nigel Burton. “He can roll to right and kick the ball and roll to the left. He’s a pretty interesting guy and just a great young man.”
  • Stanford got super-international this year when it signed 6-foot-7 defensive end Thomas Schaffer, who hails from Vienna, Austria. While he played high school football at Lake Forest Academy in Illinois, he is the first Austrian to ever play FBS football according to his bio page on GoStanford.com. 247 Sports listed Schaffer as the No. 21 strong-side defensive end in the nation, and probably the No. 1 recruit overall from Austria in 2016 (or ever).
  • It was mentioned in the recruiting rankings article, but it’s worth posting again here – Five-star defensive back Jack Jones announced his commitment to USC in an interview with Snoop Dogg. Jones played in Snoop’s youth football league and actually played a game at the Coliseum when he was 9 years old. Jones played his high school ball at famed Long Beach Poly. I’m sure his signing with USC made longtime Trojan fan Calvin Broadus, Jr., one happy man.
  • Long-time best friends and De La Salle High School (Concord, California) teammates Boss Tagaloa and Devin Asiasi are splitting up, with one staying in the Pac-12 footprint and another heading off to Big Ten territory. Tagaloa is headed to UCLA, while Asiasi will play for former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh at Michigan (not a bad day for Harbaugh, who reeled in the nation’s top overall recruit in defensive tackle Rashan Gary). De La Salle has been long-known for having the best football program in Northern California and one of the best in the nation.
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