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: Nigel Bethel, a cornerback and the brother of a former UM recruit by the same name.
Gould’s grade: 5
Scouting report: “Good height (around 6-0) but thin. Elite speed. Good in short areas and gets to top speed quickly. Good ball skills with solid hands. Looks comfortable shuffling backwards. Tackling form has issues but effort seems to be there. Has some experience at corner but mostly played receiver in high school. Shows great instincts on kick returns. Former Florida commit who committed to Miami after a late offer. More potential than anything else at this point because of his height and speed. Biggest contribution will probably come on special teams as a return man and gunner.”
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