All reviews are just MY OPINION, and need to be taken as such. The coaches know more than me, understand the team’s needs better than I do and most likely differ with my opinions. I am just doing this for fun.
CURRENT RIVALS RANKING: 3 Star (5.5)
PROJECTED FINAL RIVALS RANKING: 3 Star (5.6)
HT: 6′ 5″
POS: Offensive Line
HOMETOWN: Bradenton, FL
OTHER OFFERS: Washington State
CHANCE OF BEING A BEAVER: 90%
Position The Official Candy Report Sees this player at: Offensive Tackle
What Beaver this player reminds us of: Adam Koets
– Super aggressive
– Tries to punish opponents
– Explodes into contact
– Does a good job of loading up and delivering a blow in the second level
– Very active blocker, constantly punching and pushing, sometimes just past the whistle blow
– Very powerful and uses his hips very well in delivering a punch
– Very athletic. Good quickness side to side as well as running into the second level
– Keeps legs driving on contact
– Does a good job breaking away from a double team or help situation and covering up his defender
– Takes false steps sometimes, especially in pass blocking
– Is quick but sometimes too quick and leaves back door opportunities. Needs to mirror defenders more
– Needs to add weight to his frame so that he can bring more behind his blocking
– Sometimes seems a bit out of control
I had not really heard of Miki when he committed to Oregon State. I was seeing players I really wanted as Beavers like Hanson and Ulu-Perry look elsewhere and I was hoping that OSU would land a solid prospect. In watching Miki’s film, I would say he fits that bill well.
Now Fifita has some things he needs to work on for sure, mostly his weight, footwork and efficiency in his blocking. But all of those will take care of themselves with a few weeks in Cav’s tutelage and some time with Coach Miller and Chef Raul. What cannot be taught as easily is effort, attack and aggression. Miki has all of these in spades.
It doesn’t take long in viewing his Hudl Junior Highlights to see that Miki likes to hit. The first play is a special teams play where he dorks an unsuspecting blocker. The rest of the film shows someone that works hard every play, who has great leg drive (1:12) on contact and seems to overwhelm his opponents with violent hands and constant attack.
On Pass plays he has great feet and is able to keep up with his opponents even with some slight false steps. At the 1:38 point of that film, you will see him square up on a defender in pass pro and work his hands inside into solid position as he blocks their defensive end. He uses his strength and his feet to mirror the defender and maintain a dominant position.
Fifita is a big body that can definitely hold some more weight. I would not be surprised if he played at around 280 this year. He is explosive and a very aggressive player that makes his opponents pay if they are not paying attention or if they let up.
Silly Shot In The Dark Guess
My silly, shot-in-the dark guess is that when Fifita comes to Oregon State, he has the potential to be a 3-year starter at Offensive Tackle. A redshirt year will help Fifita iron out the footwork and size issues. I can see him being in the two deep as a redshirt freshman and maybe working his way to starter when Andrews, Harlow, Stanton , Mitchell and Bays graduate.