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: Gilbert Frierson, an impressive athlete who will start off at cornerback:
Gould’s grade: 9
Scouting report: “Prototype size for a defensive back at 6-1 with long arms. Great athlete with an elite burst. Anticipates routes well and closes with disturbing quickness. Wide receiver hands. Dynamic return man. Threat to score after interceptions. Can jam smaller receivers into oblivion. Good effort as a tackler but needs to play behind his pads to be more effective. Back pedal can get a bit high and looks smoother using a shuffle technique. Urgency isn’t always there chasing the ball. Being in for spring will help him compete for a spot in the two deep that is badly in need of fresh talent. Played mostly safety in high school but has experience at corner and receiver. Stuck with Miami over Georgia. Perfect combination of range and man coverage ability to excel as field safety covering deep and inside receivers. Has upside as an outside corner as well.”
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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[Loyola: Cinderella, KenPom darling]
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[Photos, videos: the Canes do Dallas]
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