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: wide receiver Daquris “Dee” Wiggins, who has the length Miami wants at the X-receiver position.
Gould’s grade: 8
Scouting report: “At 6-3 has the desired height and length of a perimeter receiver. Great speed and shows explosiveness out of his breaks. At his best when he can make catches on the run. Makes acrobatic catches look easy and should excel in the red zone and on back shoulder throws. Aggressive blocker who wants to bury defensive backs. Struggles to get off the line against press coverage. Subpar quickness limits his ability as an underneath and slot receiver. Underrated as a recruit because of his fairly mediocre production in high school. Has been committed to Miami since Al Golden was the head coach. Dynamic outside receiver with a ton of potential that needs to develop physically.”
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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