Ten of Miami’s recruits for 2018 enrolled in January and participated in spring drills in March. At that time, Post contributor Daniel Gould offered a scouting report for each player, plus a grade, a projection and other interesting tidbits.
With another wave of 2018 freshmen on the way — summer classes start May 21 — here’s a look at the rest of the class.
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.
(See below for links to previous profiles.)
Next up: Al Blades Jr., who arrives with family bonafides and plenty of support.
AL BLADES JR.
Gould’s grade: 7
Scouting report: ” About average size. Good enough athlete but will struggle against high-end receivers. Mirrors receivers in man coverage exceptionally well. Makes life difficult for receivers at the line of scrimmage. Plays though the man at the catch point trying to break up passes. Very aggressive player both from a mentality standpoint and on-field play. Might draw his fair share of pass interference flags both from playing too aggressive in tight coverage and making up for being beat. Good tackler but needs to improve against blocks. Played in a rotation at cornerback as a senior. Under Armour All-American. Starting potential at corner with some limitations that can be minimized with scheme design. Chance of being a nickel defender or safety depending how he develops 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