79 IAN ASSAEL, OL
6-0, 300, Fr., HS, Hewlett, N.Y. (Hewlett)
AT COLORADO: This Season (Fr.)—He is projected as an offensive lineman, most likely a center, as a true freshman in college; he joined the team as an invited walk-on for August drills.
HIGH SCHOOL—A three-year letterman in football, he was a second-team All-State and first team All-County selection as a senior at offensive guard, when he allowed just one sack, committed zero penalties and had 30 pancake blocks. Defensively, he played tackle and registered 56 total tackles (24 solo), 22 tackles for losses, three quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and five passes broken up. As a junior, he was named first team All-County and first team All-Long Island; that season, he allowed zero sacks, committed just one penalty and had 25 pancake blocks. Defensively, he logged 44 tackles (20 solo), 18 tackles for a loss, two quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pass broken up. He played on defense as a sophomore, starting the last half of the season and recording 30 tackles (10 solo), 15 for losses and a quarterback sack. His top career moment came his senior year, when against cross-town rival Lawrence High, he made 15 tackles on defense and registered 14 pancake blocks on offense. Under coach Jay Iaquinta, Hewlett went 6-3 his senior year en route to the conference title, 7-1-1 his junior season and 6-3 his sophomore year. He also lettered twice in lacrosse as a defender, as his team was the conference and county champions his senior year.
ACADEMICS—He is interested in business and economics as his possible majors at Colorado.
PERSONAL—Born September 14, 1988 in Hewlett, N.Y. Nicknamed “Castle” in high school, after college he aspires to become a sports agent or a commodities trader. He has worked as a clerk on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange.