Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman WR Mark Pope

Mark Pope, considered one of the best wide receivers in the 2018 class, is high on Miami. (247Sports)

Mark Pope, considered one of the best wide receivers in the 2018 class, is headed to Miami. (247Sports)

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: Mark Pope, a player Miami coaches are eager to get on campus.

MARK POPE

Pope

Gould’s grade: 9

Scouting report: “On the shorter side for an outside receiver (6-1) and light (170 pounds). Has everything you want athletically for a receiver. Speed, quickness, vertical are all huge positives. Can go from a jog to top speed in a step. Soft hands. Dynamic after the catch either in the screen game or on downfield passes. Sets himself up to during the reception to beat the first man. Goes up for the ball and makes plays of a much taller receiver. Not afraid to make catches over the middle in traffic. Runs clean routes that are silky smooth. Won’t have an issue getting himself open but worth designing plays to feed him the ball. A threat as a return man in college. Can get significantly disrupted at the line of scrimmage and needs to add bulk to withstand the physicality inside. Could not be covered at Army All-American practices. Elite wide receiver who wins inside and out, both in the short game and long. Has the skills and polish to make an immediate impact, especially in the slot.”

More Pope

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Rivals names Pope a five-star
Expectations high for this class

More Gould’s Grades

Early enrolleesQB Williams | RB Lingard | WR Hightower | WR Wiggins | OL Scaife | OL Campbell | DE Rousseau | DB Frierson | CB Ivey | S HallSummer arrivals: RB Davis | FB George | WR Pope | WR Ezzard | TE Jordan | TE Mallory | OL Reed | DT Silvera | DT Miller | LB Joyner | CB Blades | CB Bethel2017 signing class

 

 

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