Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman WR Brian Hightower

Brian Hightower (247Sports)

Brian Hightower (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: wide receiver Brian Hightower, formerly of Bradenton-IMG Academy:

BRIAN HIGHTOWER

Hightower

Gould’s grade: 7

Scouting report: “Big target at 6-3 with a good build. Acceleration isn’t great but can move once he gets going. Great body control and makes the tough catches. Adept at over-the-shoulder catches. Solid after the catch. Tough blocker. Not a natural hands catcher, often letting the ball get to his body. Has a lot of wasted steps in his routes. Had a great week at the Army All-American practices. Originally from California before playing at IMG. Possession receiver who can use his body underneath and his athletic ability over the top, but needs a quarterback that will help him out with ball placement to maximize his targets. Good all-around receiver but doesn’t stand out in one specific area.”

More on Hightower 

Expectations high for Miami offensive signees
Hightower signs early with Miami, fun facts, bio
How did Hightower fare in Army All-American game?
Hightower commits to UM, boosts class to No. 1
How will offensive recruits fit in with UM?

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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