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. (See previous posts below.)
Next up: Gregory Rousseau, a 6-foot-6 defensive end who played everywhere — safety, linebacker, defensive end and receiver — in high school:
Gould’s grade: 6
Scouting report: “Extraordinary length on a thin 6-6 frame. Very smooth athlete and moves well for a player of his height. Covers a lot of ground as an underneath zone defender. Shows good instincts with hand placement but doesn’t have much in terms of pass rush moves. Leverage can be an issue and often looks to run around blockers rather than engaging. Subpar tackler and doesn’t strike ball carriers. Played all over the field in high school, ranging from end to safety on defense, as well as wide receiver on offense. Totaled eight sacks as a senior on a state championship team (at Hialeah-Champagnat). Early enrollee who will greatly benefit from the extra time in the weight room. Athletic edge project with the ability to play in space and drop into coverage. Will need to get significantly stronger before he will be able to contribute on a
down to down basis and his ceiling will be dependent on if he can combine that strength with technique to grow as a pass rusher.”
More Gould’s Grades
Early enrollees: QB Williams | RB Lingard | WR Hightower | WR Wiggins | OL Scaife | OL Campbell | DE Rousseau | DB Frierson | CB Ivey | S Hall | Summer 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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