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: Gurvan Hall, a hard-hitter from Palm Beach Gardens High (via Palm Beach Lakes):
Gould’s grade: 8
Scouting report: “Undersized safety at 5-11 with a good build. Good athlete who excels in small areas and when coming downhill. Solid speed and rangy as a deep safety. Can do some damage with the ball in his hands. Hits offensive players with a purpose. Even with the hurt he puts on ballcarriers still wraps up consistently. Has an issue leaving his feet early and whiffing on runners. Is either making the tackle or is in close proximity chasing down the play from across the field. Hustle is on another level. Change-of-direction is an issue in man coverage. Angles coming downhill are hit or miss and he needs to improve ability to navigate traffic. Played mostly as a middle-of-field safety and some wide reciever in high school. Under Armour All-American. Early enrollee. Boundary safety who should produce highlight after highlight in single high coverage and coming downhill on running backs.”
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
2018 NCAA Tournament
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[Teammates not blaming Walker for loss]
[Loyola: Cinderella, KenPom darling]
[Lonnie Walker on his ‘pineapple’ hair]
[At NCAAs, Parkland on Miami’s mind]
[Photos, videos: the Canes do Dallas]
[A look at the state of Miami basketball]
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