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: offensive lineman Delone Scaife, a prep All-American and one of three O-linemen Miami signed this cycle:
Gould’s grade: 9
Scouting report: “Height is OK at 6-3 but has long arms and a thick build. Explosive burst forward off the snap. Smooth movements and good flexibility. Crushes on down blocks and moves players out of the hole. Climbs to the second level easily with good angles. Pulls a little high but identifies defenders well and strikes. Can absolutely stone rushers on jump sets. Not much of a punch but locks guys out when he gets his hands on them. Leverage in pass-pro isn’t great and doesn’t have the anchor to overcome the initial loss. Footwork is erratic and panicky. Trench bully who likes to get under the skin of the defense. Played all over the line in high school including defensive tackle. Teammate of signees Mark Pope and Daquris Wiggins for his senior year (at Miami Southridge). Really showed off at the Under Armour All-America Game practices. Has the chance to compete for an immediate spot if he performs well in spring practice. Mauling interior lineman who has the tools to grow as a pass blocker.”
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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