Miami Southridge offensive lineman Delone Scaife first committed to the Hurricanes last July.
What to Like: There is a lot to like about Scaife from a physical standpoint. He does an excellent job of getting to the second level and it's not uncommon for him to be 20 or 30 yards downfield throwing blocks. You'll have a hard time finding many offensive line prospects at the prep level who finish their blocks better than he does. He often locks on and buries his opponent. For someone his size, he has long arms and quick feet and shows plus athleticism for a kid who weights 305 pounds. He primarily played left tackle as a junior at Miami Killian High School and he has a decent ability to pass protect and won't just show up in college as a mauler who has a lot to learn in the passing game. He earned an invitation the Nike's The Opening this summer thanks to an outstanding performance at one of their regional camps. That's a setting that involves pretty much just pass protection so, again, you can see his skill level in that area of his game.
What may concern you: At 6-foot-3, he lacks ideal height to play left tackle at the major college level. It's even somewhat uncommon to see 6-foot-3 right tackles at that level. Because of that, he will likely have to come in and play guard. That's something he doesn't have much experience doing. It seems as though he has the physical tools to excel in that role but it's unknown because he hasn't been asked to do it yet. He also has a tendency to take some plays off so he'll have to stay motivated and keep his motor running on high at all times before he can become an effective interior lineman at the major college level.
Bottom Line: Scaife is one of two offensive line prospects committed to the Hurricanes in the 2018. Scaife and Cleveland Reed both play left tackle in high school but project more as guards at the college level. Scaife had early offers from schools like NC State, UCF, and Syracuse before making his commitment to Miami last summer. Had he kept things open, he'd likely have 20+ right now. He has all the physical tools to become a quality interior lineman at the college level as long as he's able to effectively make the adjustment to playing inside.