Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman OL John Campbell

John Campbell (left) with UM coach Mark Richt. (247Sports)

John Campbell (left) with UM coach Mark Richt during a 2016 visit to campus. (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. (See previous posts below.)

Next up: offensive lineman John Campbell, a 6-foot-5 tackle from Orlando-Dr. Phillips High:

JOHN CAMPBELL 

Campbell

Gould’s grade: 6

Scouting report: “Nice length with a decent build. Good balance and positions himself well in pass protection. Pass-pro technique is clean with consistently good hand placement. Drives legs in the run game and is effective on down blocks when he locks on. Always looks for work and finishes plays. Good enough athlete to wall off second level defenders. Struggles to get across the face of down linemen in the run game due to a lack of quickness. Not very explosive and doesn’t make much of an impact on contact. Committed to Miami early over Florida. Won a state title as a senior. On campus for spring ball. Decent all-around tackle prospect but seems to lack the necessary physical capabilities to excel as a starter.”

More Campbell

Searels: Campbell quiet, but competes hard
Committed to UM over Florida and Alabama

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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