Ferriday duo eager to continue career together at LSU

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ferriday High School’s Dantrieze Scott and Dare Rosenthal aren’t just best friends. No, that simply isn’t good enough.

For anyone who knows the pair of rising seniors, it’s hard to spot one without the other.

“That’s my brother,” Scott said. “We are around each other every day.”

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Following a linemen football camp on June 17 in Baton Rouge, Scott and Rosenthal assured themselves the chance to stay connected by committing to Louisiana State University.

The commitment only strengthened their connection as each could have easily gone in a different direction.

Scott chose LSU over interest from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, while his 6-foot-7, 320-pound counterpart had offers waiting from Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Auburn among many others.

For Rosenthal, he said LSU has a crucial family aspect he wanted to maintain during college.

“It feels just the same as it does when I’m at home,” the offensive and defensive tackle said. “People there treat me the same way as people here. It’s important because you have to have a good relationship to play together. You have to believe in each other.”

That certainly isn’t where the parallels stop, either.

Scott, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end, said he and Rosenthal are always on the same page mentally.

The twosome also play basketball and run track together.

“Any time I need him, he will be there,” he said. “Since we play sports together, that’s one reason we really depend on each other. Everything we do is about sports.”

Rosenthal said he sees the same motivation in Baton Rouge.

“It’s about the relationship with the coaches,” he said. “They reach out to me a couple times a week, every week. They make me work hard, but that’s what I need.”

As juniors, the duo — who have known each other since the age of 5 — led Ferriday to an appearance in the LHSAA Class 2A quarterfinals. Scott racked up 32 receptions on offense for 531 yards and three touchdowns. He added 28 tackles on defense, with 10 going for a loss and eight sacks.

Rosenthal ended last season with 42 tackles, 18 for a loss and seven sacks with three blocked kicks. He was also named am LHSAA Class 2-2A First-Team All-District member.

Since the commitment nearly two weeks ago, Scott and Rosenthal have been busy with summer practices in Ferriday. When they aren’t working out, however, the two can be found at one or the other’s house playing video games or eating their favorite snacks.

Scott says it’s not uncommon for Rosenthal to welcome himself in, since he is family.

“It’s like his house,” he said. “We’ve just been with each other for so long, so we just show up.”

Although they always knew they would end up together, Scott said he isn’t worried about being separated.

“We had already talked about going to the same college,” he said. “He’s just one person I never have to worry about.”

Rosenthal thinks so, too.

“We will find time,” he said.