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: Will Mallory, a tall target in the passing game who Miami sees as an ideal complement to fellow tight end recruit Brevin Jordan.
Gould’s grade: 9
Scouting report: “Elite height and length (6-5, 210) with a frame to add a lot of weight. Combination of size and top end athleticism make him a mismatch for any defender. Enormous catch radius with terrific hands. Makes contested catches through contact. Glides down the field after the catch with huge strides. Played out wide and in the slot with not much in-line experience. Shows effort as a blocker but will be a work in progress in the run game. Missed most of senior season because of a concussion and ankle injury. Michigan legacy (father played there) but chose Miami over the Wolverines. Dynamic receiving threat who can excel early in a slot role until he grows into a more traditional tight end.”
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