Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman RB Lorenzo Lingard

Five-star running back Lorenzo Lingard is expected to be a big part of Miami’s offense in 2018. (247Sports)

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On Tuesday, 10 true freshmen will hit Miami’s practice field for the first time. Before we see them live during spring drills, Post contributor Daniel Gould offers a scouting report for each player, plus a grade, a projection and other interesting tidbits.

Gould is a Dallas-based data analyst who has been charting UM games for four years and reviewing signing classes for the last six. His evaluations are mostly based on reviews of high school highlight films, which are readily available on sites like Hudl and YouTube. He grades players on a 10-to-5 scale, rating their current skills and projecting their potential:

10: five-star caliber now, eventual All-American and immediate impact player.
9: upper-tier four-star, All-ACC caliber.
8: mid-tier four-star, impactful multi-year starter without as high a ceiling.
7: lower four-star, solid starter but not someone to build around.
6: high three-star, a role player with physical limitations that prevent a full-time starting job.
5: mid-tier three-star, likely a project or a special-teamer.
Below 5: Not a scholarship-level player at Miami.

Leading up to March 20, we’ll post Gould’s takes on UM’s early enrollees — the players who will participate in spring ball — and then move onto those arriving in the summer.

Next up: running back Lorenzo Lingard, Miami’s highest-rated offensive recruit since Duke Johnson in 2012:



Gould’s grade: 10

Scouting report: “Good height at 6-0 with a build to get to 215 while keeping his elite speed. Slashing runner who gets upfield in an instant. Lowers his shoulder looking to run over would-be tacklers. Sets up blocks to cut inside or out and uses his quick feet to get through tight spaces. Often handed the ball near the line of scrimmage so initial vision wasn’t used much, but is very elusive on the second level and in the open field. Not much of a receiver downfield but more than adequate in the screen game. Needs to add strength to his lower half as he can struggle to drive defenders on contact. Solid run-blocker and can get aggressive in pass protection. Played mostly as a fullback in a Wing-T offense but has experience playing behind a fullback and in spread sets. Ran for more than 1,700 yards and 26 touchdowns at more than 8.0 yards per carry as a senior (1,400-plus and 22 touchdowns as a junior. Army All-American. Enrolled for spring practice. Elite prospect who has all the tools to be a superstar running back at the next level.”

More on Lingard
Expectations high for Miami offensive signees
Lingard signs early with Miami, fun facts, bio
He won Florida player of the year award
How will offensive recruits fit in with UM?
Interview: Lingard at Paradise Camp
Five-star Lingard commits to Miami

More Gould’s Grades

Early enrolleesQB Williams | RB Lingard | WR Hightower | WR Wiggins | OL Scaife | OL Campbell | DE Rousseau | DB Frierson | CB Ivey | S HallSummer arrivals: RB Davis | FB George | WR Pope | WR Ezzard | TE Jordan | TE Mallory | OL Reed | DT Silvera | DT Miller | LB Joyner | CB Blades | CB Bethel | 2017 signing class


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