Mark Richt on QB competition, 10th assistant coach, early enrollees, transfers

Mark Richt on the sidelines during a 2017 game. (Getty Images)

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In case you missed it, here’s a review of the February portion of Miami’s recruiting class.

Other notes after a UM press conference to close national signing day 2018:

Mark Richt said early quarterback enrollee Jarren Williams, “a pocket passer who can run … not the other way around,” has been impressive. “We saw him as a very mature guy. … Him being here for spring ball is going to be huge. I want him to compete. I want them all to compete. Malik [Rosier] is our starting quarterback. Malik, like everywhere else, is going to have to prove” he can hold onto the job. “There are no scout-teamers in the spring. Everybody’s got a chance to show what they’ve got.

* Richt said he has finalized his 10th assistant coach. He said he’ll announce it Thursday morning.

* Asked about early enrollees, who dove into UM’s “mat drills” program this week, Richt said  “the first guy that got my attention” was defensive end Gregory Rousseau, whom he said gained some 15 pounds in a month. Rousseau is listed at 6-7 and 230 pounds. “Gilbert Frierson, tall, long, athletic corner. D.J. Ivey, same thing. Gurvan Hall … he looks great. [Lorenzo] Lingard, what you would expect from one of the best running backs in America, not afraid to do his thing.” He named all 10 players, happy they were “getting ahead of the game” by enrolling early.

* Richt confirmed UM will add two grad transfers (Illinois DT Tito Odenigbo and Tennessee OL Venzell Boulware, yet to be announced because they have not signed) and added the Canes will “have a couple spots open” for others. “We have space for some transfers. … We’re probably another class away from solidifying a class of 85 that can rock and roll and play championship football.” But Richt said UM’s defensive line is deep enough, with a grad transfer defensive tackle (Odenigbo) on the way, to play 2018 without adding anyone else. He wouldn’t be opposed to adding an end, should a good one become available this spring or summer.

* Miami signed one linebacker, four-star Patrick Joyner, in December. “We didn’t feel like that was a huge need,” Richt said. It will  be a big focus for 2019, with starters Shaq Quarterman, Michael Pinckney and Zach McCloud entering their draft-eligible junior seasons.

* Eighteen of UM’s 23 signees are from Florida.

* Fullback signee Realus George, who enrolls in May, is “about 255 pounds” on a 6-2 frame, Richt said.

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