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2018 OL commit loves staff's "SEC mentality"

2018 OL commit loves staff's "SEC mentality"

Peter Ariz
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2018 Killian OL Delone “D.J.” Scaife committed to the University of Miami last month. The Canes offered him back in April and he did not wait long to make his pledge.

“The reason why I committed to Miami was because that was my dream school since ninth grade,” Scaife said.” A couple teammates went there and it’s my hometown.”

The “teammates” that Scaife was alluding to are current Hurricanes JaQuan Johnson and Sheldrick Redwine. Scaife was a freshman at Killian when Redwine and Johnson were seniors.

“They never stopped working. They never settled – they just kept on working and they had the dog in them. They always wanted to get better,” Scaife explained.

Randal “Thrill” Hill and Lamar Miller are two former Canes who are products of “The K”. How important is it for Miami to continue a pipeline at Killian? As head coach Javi Valdes pointed out, a 2014 article on maxpreps.com listed the Cougars as having produced the 9th-most NFL draft picks for a high school.

Scaife’s decision was not only easy for him to make, but his family completely embraced it as well.

“My grandma loved it because she’s overprotective and doesn’t want me going fa away. My mom was happy too because obviously your mom doesn’t want you to go away! And my dad was happy because he’s a Hurricanes – same with my grandpa and cousins,” he said.

Mark Richt and his staff have made an early impact on the junior lineman. “They’re organized,” Scaife said. “I see that they’re bringing over that SEC mentality and I just see that they are staying on the players and not letting them slack.”

“Coach Searels is great. He is big on hand placement and footwork.”

Killian coach Javi Valdes calls Scaife an “all-american caliber player” and believes he will be a 30-plus offer prospect.


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My take: From watching a practice at Killian and seeing Scaife earlier this summer at Paradise Camp, Miami got a really good interior lineman in Scaife. He is not technically sound just yet, but once he puts it all together you have to love his athleticism and raw strength inside. His coaches believe he can become an elite center, which is such an asset to have offensively.
 

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"The reason why I committed to Miami was because that was my dream school since ninth grade,” Scaife said.” A couple teammates went there and it’s my hometown.

That's what I LOVE to hear! Put on for your city young soldier!

This kid is going to be a beast on the inside, either C/G, but he will be an absolute mauler!
 
I was just about to say u would like him at center. Hes not that big but moves well. He reminds me of Rodney Hudson from fsu
 
I was just about to say u would like him at center. Hes not that big but moves well. He reminds me of Rodney Hudson from fsu

Not that I care..but when was the last time we had a brotha at center? LOL. (Randys son dont count either. lol)

But I like this kid. Good kid to stash away for 2 years to develop him and then unleash him when he fills into his body.
 
That's what happens when Miami's down for 10 years. Instead of having a Miami mentality, which was the most entertaining and ferocious mentally to have in the past, its now a positive that Miami coaches have an SEC mentality. Think about that.
 
I was just about to say u would like him at center. Hes not that big but moves well. He reminds me of Rodney Hudson from fsu

Not that I care..but when was the last time we had a brotha at center? LOL. (Randys son dont count either. lol)

But I like this kid. Good kid to stash away for 2 years to develop him and then unleash him when he fills into his body.

Handy?

Go Canes!
 
That's what happens when Miami's down for 10 years. Instead of having a Miami mentality, which was the most entertaining and ferocious mentally to have in the past, its now a positive that Miami coaches have an SEC mentality. Think about that.

1st thing I thought with the headline and reading the article. These kids really just don't know what its like when Miami is ballin. A couple of 30 for 30's won't do the trick either. We need to show them this isn't some SEC mentality. Hell, Richt was a Miami guy before any of that.
 
It's great that the state of Florida seems to be producing a lot more quality OL and QBs nowadays compared to a couple decades ago...

It's a lot easier when you could potentially fill your entire roster with quality players from in-state....
 
WTH is a "SEC mentality"? Cheating and getting away with it?
 
That's what happens when Miami's down for 10 years. Instead of having a Miami mentality, which was the most entertaining and ferocious mentally to have in the past, its now a positive that Miami coaches have an SEC mentality. Think about that.

Real talk, I was bouta say, this kid don't know NOTHING of a Miami mentality. Which is a shame to say.


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The SEC mentality was born from the Miami mentality....
 
Its not SEC mentality. Its returning to a traditional Miami mentality.
 
They got a defense called the "Miami 43." Schools started giving their recruiting classes names after we started the trend. Teams jocked our smoke entrance including some NFL teams. We were the first school dubbed NFLU; yet, everyone continues to praise the SEC. I cannot wait to put an end to this SEC rhetoric where all roads leads to Miami again.
 
They got a defense called the "Miami 43." Schools started giving their recruiting classes names after we started the trend. Teams jocked our smoke entrance including some NFL teams. We were the first school dubbed NFLU; yet, everyone continues to praise the SEC. I cannot wait to put an end to this SEC rhetoric where all roads leads to Miami again.

Amen.
 
They got a defense called the "Miami 43." Schools started giving their recruiting classes names after we started the trend. Teams jocked our smoke entrance including some NFL teams. We were the first school dubbed NFLU; yet, everyone continues to praise the SEC. I cannot wait to put an end to this SEC rhetoric where all roads leads to Miami again.

Just like Miami came out of no where to piss off the old guard of the football world in the 80's, the scripts is starting to be rewritten. The whole worlds swinging the SEC's nuts right now and a strong Miami will dethrone them with the U against the world bravado on its shoulders. Miami's been spit on and mocked for a decade due to our fall from grace; the hate towards us is going to come just as hard as it ever did, and so will our retribution.
 
[MENTION=3894]Peter Ariz[/MENTION] any chance he gets burn at D line/what is his best position in terms of potential at the next level?
 
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