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: Jordan Miller, a big defensive tackle who Miami found late in the recruiting season.
Gould’s grade: 7
Scouting report: “Enormous player at 6-4 330 with some bad weight. Astounding quickness for the position and gets a great jump off the snap. Consistently fires out low and can overwhelm blockers early in plays. Mainly uses an arm-over or bull rush against blockers. Shows a good motor and chases after plays. Effective pass rusher as a 1-technique but not going to be a three-down player. Finds ball-carriers well but change-of-direction is fairly poor. Can struggle to readjust rush after initial movement is stopped. Doesn’t take on blocks very well and struggles to anchor against double teams. A rare hidden gem in modern recruiting who saw late offers from Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. Unique nose tackle prospect with a rare combination of overall size and quickness. Needs to improve physique and overall technique but has the ability to be a productive starter.”
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