Sandwiched into a class that includes the nation’s top two elite offensive lineman, Palma (California) offensive lineman Drew Dalman could easily be the least-heralded prospect in this year’s monster 2017 class for the Stanford Cardinal. However, the three-star center could be a great fit for a program widely recognized for its development of NFL-caliber talent in the trenches.
Dalman officially signed with Stanford on Wednesday to join offensive tackle and Walker Little and likely Foster Sarell as possibly the nation’s top new young position group. The 6-foot-3 center committed to the Cardinal at the end of August and held offers from Washington, Oregon State, Colorado, Arizona, Michigan, San Diego State, Nevada, Wyoming, and three Ivy League institutions, Yale, Harvard and Columbia.
At 265 pounds, Drew, the son of former Stanford player and offensive line coach Chris Dalman, was also versatile enough to start on Palma’s defensive line, registering a team-high seven sacks for the Chieftains this season. However, his most natural position is center, and with the current depth at the position, Stanford fans should expect a redshirt year (as is the tradition with most freshman linemen who come to Palo Alto) before Dalman sees the field in 2018.
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