Commitment Profile: Scott Deke

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The Skinny…

Scott Deke
Loyola High School – Los Angeles, CA
6-2, 200 pounds, 4.8 40
UVA Recruiting Coach: Mike Groh, who calls Deke once per week.
Academics: 4.06 GPA, 1,340 SAT, Wants to major in Pre-Med.
Committed to UVA during 2003 June Summer Camp

Deke’s Self Scouting Report: “I’m more of a pocket passer, but I can move around if I need to. I can escape the pocket, but I wouldn’t consider myself a big dual threat like a Mike Vick. I would rather stay in the pocket, make my reads, and make my throws.”

Settling In

Deke started off his junior season as a safety on defense. Mid-way through the season, he was switched to quarterback because of his passing ability. The move paid off for Loyola head coach Steve Grady, and Deke has been the starter ever since.

“Around game five or six, he took over for us,” said Grady in an interview earlier this year. “He was a better passer, while our initial starter was a better runner. Scott did a good job for us. He’s improved quite a lot since he became our starting quarterback.”

Establishing experience at the quarterback position gave Deke a sense of comfort heading into his senior season as the starter. In addition, he carries an inner confidence that has helped him become the leader of the team.

“Going into this year with the experience I had from last year really made me comfortable,” said Deke. “I felt confident knowing I had the starting position and knowing I would be a leader on this team. How comfortable I am is shown through my play this year. I’m proud of the way I’ve played and of our team. We are starting to click a little bit.”

Leadership is one of Deke’s top qualities. He is the type of player who wants the ball in crunch time, and who wants to be the one to be the example for his team.

“I love having the leadership role,” said Deke. “I would not want anyone else to do it for me. I’m glad I have the ball in my hands – I don’t want anyone else to handle the responsibility of leading my team. My teammates trust me because I want to be the one with the ball in those key situations.”

The Big Win

Loyola is 4-3 on the year, but they managed to pick up the program’s biggest win in quite some time last Saturday. For the first time in 13 years, Loyola’s varsity football team defeated Mater Dei 31-28 in double overtime.