thats why i think Valley is dumb not to play the really good players both ways. If they had played Scales as an OLB, he could have had a second choice position, if he didn't get the RB position.
A HS coaches job is to do what is best for the TEAM not the individual. 1. Valley doesn't play with OLB's the play a 5-2. 2. The Valley Defense was pretty good without Scales playing D. 3. Many big schools run their practices like a college and the offense and defense rarely if ever practice together. If a player misses half the reps to play on the other side of the ball the are behind and the whole team is held back.
I believe Scales was a great role model for our motto Honor before Victory. He gave everything to this program when his injuries were more than enough for him to slide into the background and coast on a free ride. Every year he was in the lineup for starting RB. That has to say something about his character. I do wonder how he might have done at another position though sometimes. Flynn did a wonderful job of contributing by moving to another position. If he had not, then he might have been remembered as the QB that did not pan out and was a dud.
Scales had a lot of injuries. Reminds me of a back the Cyclones had way back in the Earle Bruce era. Rocky Gillis. Injuries and Duane Crutchfield put him on the sidelines. Chris Boskey was another promising player who might have been a star and was his freshman year. Knee injuries changed things. It not only takes physical skill but also some luck in having a great college career.
Scales was a great addition to the Cyclones. He played hard and got some bad breaks. But he is still a Cyclone that everyone can be proud of.
Well I mean it is Iowa highschool football and people always overrate the top talent in the state.
This is true and I also think it depends on the position. The state of Iowa has produced a lot of great O-Linemen. It's something we can do here. RBs not so much. It makes sense to me that when you see a running back putting up great numbers in high school in Iowa it's got a lot to do with his O-Line. As CycloneJoe points out Tavian Banks and Roger Craig(I also aknowledge former Siouxer dweller Zeron Flemeister) are only two truly remarkable RB's in the past forty years. In that time span you could probably compile a list of two dozen truly remarkable O-Linemen from Iowa.
This is why I'm wary of in-state RBs. I wish Brandon Wegher the best but as a Heelan alum who saw every home game I can tell you that that O-Line had a huge impact on Heelan's season. I think three of those five kids started since their sophomore year.
Show me a great HSRB in Iowa and I'll show you a great O-Line.
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A lot depends on what you consider as the criteria for the best HS Running Back. Do you consider ability to play RB in college, or just HS production at RB? Or do you consider who had the best college career at RB that is from Iowa?
I havnt read this entire thread so sorry if i say something thats been said.
I think that Scales would have made a better flanker or option guy then a straight up running back. I also think the coaches went wrong with him somewhere because he was always trying to make moves behind the line (i understand the o-line being terrible made this hard not to do). That brings me to my next point. I think he was a little overrated coming out of highschool. He had one of the best lines in the state in front of him wich helped alot.
I think the best RB of that class was Ricky Thompson. He had a pretty terrible o-line and when they went head to head in that 6ot game, Ricky blew him out of the water. But Ricky got hurt and got in trouble so Scales got the scholership(wich made sense at that point).
I guess my point is that Scales couldve been great at a different position. and if Ricky hadnt got hurt(effectivly ending his carreer) he could have been our starting RB for the past 4 years (and a damn good one too).
The point is that the talent gap is wider between high school running backs and o-linemen in Iowa than in states like Texas and Florida. Would you not agree?
I would say per capita Iowa HS's can compete. But if you are talking # of scholarships Texas, Florida, California and others have a definite advantage.
I don't think I answered your question originally. Yes but I think it is a 'deep south' phenomena more than just a Texas and Florida thing. For some reason the "deep south' produces more speed players than anywhere else.
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