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Meet Ja’Juan Seider, the coach tasked with getting Penn State’s foot in the door in South Florida

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Ja'Juan Seider during his time at West Virginia. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- When Ja'Juan Seider walks into a high school in South Florida, he does so with a knowledge base that extends well beyond years of college coaching.

In many ways it's a homecoming, of sorts, for the Belleglade, Fla., native, who played his high school ball at Glades Central. Seider also knows what it's like to sit on the other side of the desk during a high school visit, having spent eight years as a high school football coach before becoming a graduate assistant at West Virginia and climbing the college ranks.

"I’ve been doing this thing long enough that I’ve got friends at a lot of places," Seider, Penn State's newly appointed running backs coach said this week. "I’m there to build a relationship with that coach too. If I got to sit down and whatever it may be – Xs and Os or a nice restaurant, wherever it may be I always make time for the coach because they’re giving me time. I think a lot of people make that mistake because they just stop in there to see a player and then they’re out and then you never hear from that guy again."

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