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: Patrick Joyner, who played defensive end in high school and projects as a linebacker.
Gould’s grade: 7
Scouting report: “Great size at 6-3 with a build to play in the 235-240 range. Fluid athlete with great lateral agility. Explosive first step whether as a standing linebacker or down lineman. Mostly tries to run around OTs but shows proficiency with an inside swim move. Wrap-up tackler who doesn’t give up much ground on contact. Looks smooth on zone drops and is comfortable in space. Good hand usage and shows awareness of ball-carriers while engaging with blockers. Doesn’t show much strength or leverage as a pass-rusher. Played mostly as an edge rusher but does have some experience off the line of scrimmage. Former Florida State commit. Just on the linebacker side of an DE/LB tweener who could play at either spot depending on the system and situations. At his best when he can play up-field but has potential as a force defender if he can grow as a linebacker.”
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