One of the units most in need of upgrading for the Miami Hurricanes has been the offensive line. By adding Miami (FL) Southridge OL Delone Scaife, Miami is taking a big step toward the upgrades they desire.
Scaife is a player that has been known locally in South Florida for a few years. Starting at Miami (FL) Killian HS, Scaife was a standout lineman who cleared the way for several FBS players to pile up big statistics.
Like many other Killian players before him, Scaife moved over to Southridge for his senior year. There, he teamed with fellow Canes commits WRs Mark Pope and Daquris Wiggins to form a formidable offense for the Spartans.
Scaife, who played both Tackle spots and even some Guard in high school, was flat out dominant at camps and combines in the summer before his senior year. The 6’3” 327ln lineman was named to Nike’s The Opening, where he competed against top national prospects along the DL, as well as being selected to the 2018 Under Armour All-American game. For a player who, at the time, only carried a 3-star rating, that is high, high praise.
Scaife has known he wanted to come to Miami for a long time. When still at Miami Killian, Scaife committed to the Canes back in July 2016. That early commitment (before his junior year of HS) showed Scaife’s desire to stay home and play for the Hurricanes.
Since then, Scaife has been about the business of performing well and progressing as a player. Few linemen in this class are as good as Scaife, and Miami locked down a very, very good player to help build around for the future.
On the 247sports composite, Scaife is a 4-star prospect, the #8 OG in this class, #35 in the State of Florida, and #206 recruit overall.
Scaife committed to Miami over a list of 7 scholarship offers from around the country, but that low number of offers only speaks to the fact that he’s been locked in with Miami for quite some time.
Scaife as a player
At 6’3” 320lbs, Scaife is a powerfully built lineman, and he uses his size to great advantage. He’s played both T and G in HS, so he has experience in multiple spots along the line. He’s likely to bump inside in college due to his average arm length, but can be a very nice player there.
At camps, combines, and in games, Scaife has been a dominant player in 1v1 matchups. He’s got good technique, plays with good leverage, and has a mean streak that can make him very tough to deal with for a defender.
Scaife was named to Nike’s The Opening and the Under Armour All-American game. Those accolades are elite, and emblematic of Scaife’s elite talent and potential.
- Physical development
- Moving full-time to Guard from tackle
- Arm length
Scaife has game-ready size up front, and will challenge for playing time the moment he sets foot on campus. Miami is still building a championship caliber offensive line, and adding a player of Scaife’s build and talent is a great step along that path.
Chances for a redshirt: 3/10
With Miami losing Kc McDermott and Trevor Darling, there should be snaps available on the line. If Scaife can continue to play to his demonstrated level from HS, while adding strength and understanding the playbook, it’s a good bet he sees the field as a freshman.
That’s it for this installment of the Recruit Notebook.