lafaele Jocelee ‘Lio’ Lafaele Notes

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I was able to catch up with Jocelee — he goes by Lio, which sounds just like Leo — this past Friday and wanted to share some of the things we talked about. I gotta say right off the bat, Lio and I hit it off.  Lio’s a really good guy who has a good head on his shoulders and understands what he has to do to be successful in life. We were talking about how he plays with a really nasty chip on his shoulder. He credits that to his parents and how tough they were on him growing up. I can identify with that like I’m sure a lot of you can as well.

Anyway, we were talking about how he got to City College in Riverside (California).  He originally hails from Utah. He moved with his family to Corona, CA and graduated from Centennial. He originally signed with Utah in the class of 2012. When he came up short on his grades, he was devastated. Lio told me that he was really just trying to figure it out for a year or so, and decide what he wanted to do. Being a Utah native, it meant a lot to him that he was going to get to play for them, but then it didn’t work out.

Fast forward a few months, and Lio said something inside of him just snapped. He knew he had to do something, and he had some ability and great size at 6’4″ 315 lbs. He decided to enroll in Riverside City College and get back to the drawing board with football. He said that he grew up a lot in his time away from football, and I could really hear that edginess and hunger in his voice that translates to his game. I told him how in my business life the edge that he plays with is something I look for a lot in my people. That killer instinct is something not a lot a people can claim to have, or show it either.

Lio is a December grad who is working hard in the classroom to get everything done that he needs to. He told me that he committed right away to Texas Tech without ever seeing their campus. He said that he wanted to make sure he had a spot because, as he put it, “you gotta eat and I gotta take care of my family.” Lio has a very solid mental base, and there’s no question in my mind that he’s going to do what it takes to be successful. I could have talked to Lio all afternoon, but I tend to get a little long winded and didn’t want to wear him out.

He did say that he really does like Oklahoma and is very excited about the offer that Coach B extended to him. He’s hopeful to get out and make a visit sometime. I for one hope that we can flip him away from Tech. He would be a day one starter for us, who could step into that void that Tyrus Thompson is going to leave on the left side after he graduates. It would also give us the ability to play Derek Farniok on the right side, and we would be set at tackle for another two years.

Lio is without a doubt my favorite recruit we are going after this year. He’s a great young man who plays with a lot of pride and passion. I’ll stay in touch with him as things go down and he’s comfortable with letting me know, I’ll get it out to you guys.


  • Paul Warfield

    You saying a JUCO guy is a day one starter brings back fond memories of your days posting on the Scoop. Will Latu starts over Lane “from day one”…..good times!

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      No way Lane starts if Latu gets in…;-D

    • Super K

      We might have some serious issues after this season. If a JUCO guy can’t come in and be the guy then hopefully one of the young guys they brought in last year can use this coming year to develop quickly and in a big way.

      • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

        Also, Bedenbaugh looks like he wants guys talented enough to play out of h/s but likes to get the developmental guys. Lio would be the guy who plugs in right away and like K said, it will give Frison and Brown time to get going.

  • Shifty

    If he jumped on the tech offer to have a spot then I have a feeling he can be flipped pretty easy now that he sees greener pastures to graze

    • Super K

      Agree.

  • Will Narramore

    How many years of eligibility would this guy have?

    • Doobie74OU

      JY was talking about him and Farniok playing for two years together so I bet he still has 2 years which would be great!

      • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

        Yeah sorry guys, he has 3 to play 2

        • Shifty

          He was originally in the class of 12..when did his clock start if he sat a year before going juco (question)…I fig’d he had thru 16 giving him two years but not sure how it works if he sat a year before CC…just thought the clock started when he grad’s…or maybe it’s when he enrolls in 12 hours college which would make sense if he has 3 years eligibility

          • dahldennsull

            Your clock doesn’t start until you enroll in a collegiate institution.
            That’s how baseball players come back to play football. If it started
            when you graduated HS no one would be able to come back after 4-5 years.
            So in Lio’s case, since it sounds like he just took a year off and
            didn’t go to a CC or something, it shouldn’t have counted that year.

          • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

            No it only starts once you enroll what Dahldensull said below.

  • Doobie74OU

    Gotta Love the Passion from JY & LIO! Glad to hear he is still open! Can’t wait to get him on Campus!

  • hOUligan

    How tight is he with Darrin Chiaverini, ST coach at Tech? Chiaverini just came to Tech from Riverside CC and is a native of Corona, CA. Imagine that was the link for his offer. Watched Lio’s film and he is fierce and athletic. Would be a great get, no matter where on the line he ends up.

    • Ed Cotter

      Sedale Foster, a RB for Tech the last couple of years went to RCC, so there is a good connection between Tech and RCC.

  • Ed Cotter

    Will definitely be watching for him this season at RCC, and give everyone feed back on him. I live 6 blocks from RCC and work across the street at the middle school. Might even have to start walking down by the football field in my OU gear when they practice. LOL

    • Super K

      lol

  • Sooner Ray

    Thanks JY, keep in touch with this kid. I want to see what all that hair looks like out the bottom of a crimson helmet.

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      would love to see him and Nila do the haka!

  • Paul Warfield

    I know this is maybe not the place for this question. But any word on whether or not Nattrell Curtis and Orlando Brown Jr will qualify and be in Norman for the 2014 season?

    • Super K

      Can ask for you

      • Paul Warfield

        Would appreciate it. Heard rumors that Brown is destined for prep school & that Curtis is junior college bound.

        That would crush Oklahoma’s offensive line class from the 2014 class.

        • Super K

          It sounds like their fate isn’t sealed yet but there is truth to the rumors. Appear there are some eligibility issues for both guys

  • Super Keith

    JY, always getting the scoop on the OL! Love it JY!

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      Got a few more I need to talk to as well.

  • lulzer

    You like him better than Weatherby?

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      Yes

      • lulzer

        Thank you for the reply. As I recall, you were very high on Weatherby, so that is excellent news. I’m curious if you hear anything about the Sooners camping at Trinity High in Ft.Worth? We hear all the time how the Sooners want to establish a pipeline with the Tongan/Samoan players, but there doesn’t seem to be a big push at the largest collection of said athletes in North Texas, and perhaps the Southwest.

        • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

          Yes sir I was and still am high on Weathersby, but to me Lio is a special player. Athletic, nasty, character, great size etc.