Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman WR Brian Hightower

Brian Hightower (247Sports)
Brian Hightower (247Sports)

[Get ready for an intense spring football QB battle]
[Richards hungry to win in 2018]
[Spring schedule | Counting UM’s scholarships]

On Tuesday, 10 true freshmen will hit Miami’s practice field for the first time. Before we see them live during spring drills, Post contributor Daniel Gould offers a scouting report for each player, plus a grade, a projection and other interesting tidbits.

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.

Leading up to March 20, we’ll post Gould’s takes on UM’s early enrollees — the players who will participate in spring ball — and then move onto those arriving in the summer.

Next up: wide receiver Brian Hightower, formerly of Bradenton-IMG Academy:

BRIAN HIGHTOWER

Hightower

Gould’s grade: 7

Scouting report: “Big target at 6-3 with a good build. Acceleration isn’t great but can move once he gets going. Great body control and makes the tough catches. Adept at over-the-shoulder catches. Solid after the catch. Tough blocker. Not a natural hands catcher, often letting the ball get to his body. Has a lot of wasted steps in his routes. Had a great week at the Army All-American practices. Originally from California before playing at IMG. Possession receiver who can use his body underneath and his athletic ability over the top, but needs a quarterback that will help him out with ball placement to maximize his targets. Good all-around receiver but doesn’t stand out in one specific area.”

More on Hightower 

Expectations high for Miami offensive signees
Hightower signs early with Miami, fun facts, bio
How did Hightower fare in Army All-American game?
Hightower commits to UM, boosts class to No. 1
How will offensive recruits fit in with UM?

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 Bethel | 2017 signing class

2018 NCAA TOURNAMENT
[Brown will be in uniform Thursday]
[A look at the state of Miami basketball]
[Loyola a trendy upset pick over UM]

Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman RB Lorenzo Lingard

Five-star running back Lorenzo Lingard is expected to be a big part of Miami’s offense in 2018. (247Sports)

[Get ready for an intense spring football QB battle]
[Richards hungry to win in 2018]
[Spring schedule | Counting UM’s scholarships]

On Tuesday, 10 true freshmen will hit Miami’s practice field for the first time. Before we see them live during spring drills, Post contributor Daniel Gould offers a scouting report for each player, plus a grade, a projection and other interesting tidbits.

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.

Leading up to March 20, we’ll post Gould’s takes on UM’s early enrollees — the players who will participate in spring ball — and then move onto those arriving in the summer.

Next up: running back Lorenzo Lingard, Miami’s highest-rated offensive recruit since Duke Johnson in 2012:

LORENZO LINGARD

Lingard

Gould’s grade: 10

Scouting report: “Good height at 6-0 with a build to get to 215 while keeping his elite speed. Slashing runner who gets upfield in an instant. Lowers his shoulder looking to run over would-be tacklers. Sets up blocks to cut inside or out and uses his quick feet to get through tight spaces. Often handed the ball near the line of scrimmage so initial vision wasn’t used much, but is very elusive on the second level and in the open field. Not much of a receiver downfield but more than adequate in the screen game. Needs to add strength to his lower half as he can struggle to drive defenders on contact. Solid run-blocker and can get aggressive in pass protection. Played mostly as a fullback in a Wing-T offense but has experience playing behind a fullback and in spread sets. Ran for more than 1,700 yards and 26 touchdowns at more than 8.0 yards per carry as a senior (1,400-plus and 22 touchdowns as a junior. Army All-American. Enrolled for spring practice. Elite prospect who has all the tools to be a superstar running back at the next level.”

More on Lingard
Expectations high for Miami offensive signees
Lingard signs early with Miami, fun facts, bio
He won Florida player of the year award
How will offensive recruits fit in with UM?
Interview: Lingard at Paradise Camp
Five-star Lingard commits to Miami

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 Bethel | 2017 signing class

 

2018 NCAA TOURNAMENT
[Brown will be in uniform Thursday]
[A look at the state of Miami basketball]
[Loyola a trendy upset pick over UM]

Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman QB Jarren Williams

Jarren Williams (247Sports)

[Get ready for an intense spring football QB battle]
[Richards hungry to win in 2018]
[Spring schedule | Counting UM’s scholarships]

On Tuesday, 10 true freshmen will hit Miami’s practice field for the first time. Before we see them live during spring drills, Post contributor Daniel Gould offers a scouting report for each player, plus a grade, a projection and other interesting tidbits.

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 them now and projecting what they could be once they reach 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.

Leading up to March 20, we’ll post Gould’s takes on UM’s early enrollees — the players who will participate in spring ball — and then move onto those arriving in the summer.

First up: quarterback Jarren Williams, who will get a shot to compete for the starting spot currently occupied by Malik Rosier:

JARREN WILLIAMS

Williams

Gould’s grade: 8

Scouting report: “Height is fine at 6-2 and has a good build. Good athlete with legit speed and some power as a runner. Has the arm strength to make the high degree of difficulty throws. Smooth, quick release that adds some height to his release point. Comfortable and stands tall in the pocket but will take off if he has a lane. Also has the ability to throw on the move and shows good vision rolling out. Has a tendency to throw late over the middle when scrambling. Makes multi-level reads and comes off his first target when necessary. Ball placement over the middle is inconsistent. Can get too wide on his dropbacks and doesn’t always use the best footwork. Former Kentucky commit who also visited Ohio State before committing to Miami. Played on a team at The Opening that included a number of the skilled position players in Miami’s signing class. A 60 percent passer in high school with 28 touchdowns and 4 interceptions as a senior. Added 10 touchdowns on the ground with more than 500 yards rushing. Army All-American. Athletic quarterback but isn’t just an athlete throwing the ball. Can be used on quarterback run plays but won’t be the focus of the run game. Will have a chance to compete for the starting position as a freshman since he is on campus for spring practice.”

More Williams

Expectations high for Miami offensive signees
Williams signs early with Miami, fun facts, bio
All-American QB Williams commits to Hurricanes

How will offensive recruits fit in with UM?
Williams competes in Army All-American game

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 Bethel | 2017 signing class

2018 NCAA TOURNAMENT
[Brown will be in uniform Thursday]
[A look at the state of Miami basketball]
[Loyola a trendy upset pick over UM]

How will Miami Hurricanes 2018 recruits fit into UM’s offense? Quite well, it seems

Don’t be fooled by the fast-food drink he’s carrying: Lorenzo Lingard is a high-caliber, well-conditioned athlete. (247Sports)

[A deeper look at Miami’s defensive haul]

[UM gets its ‘ones’ on signing day]

[Richt on QBs, transfers]

Most of the offensive players Miami signed are considered elite recruits, which should greatly boost an attack that held back UM at times last year.

It’s easy to see five-star running back Lorenzo Lingard, five-star receiver Mark Pope, and tight ends Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory pushing for jobs early. UM signed the top-rated fullback in the country, Realus George, who should win the starting spot. Prep linemen typically need time to develop into college players, but four-star Delone Scaife acquitted himself well in All-American practices and UM has needs at both guard and tackle. The Canes added size and speed at receiver (Brian Hightower and Dee Wiggins, both 6-3). They also picked up four-star Marquez Ezzzard, whom coach Mark Richt likened to a “heavyweight boxer.”

A post-signing day outlook for the offense:

One sunny scenario at quarterback would have Malik Rosier improving his accuracy and decision-making, and giving UM steady play all season. While Richt said it remains Rosier’s job to lose, early-enrollee freshman Jarren Williams will get a shot (as well as redshirt freshmen N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon, of course). Think it’s not possible for a rookie to perform well? Ask the finalists in the most recent national title game. At quarterback, Richt has recruited well and developed well over the years. There’s reason for hope here.

Lingard, who enrolled early, is a slasher in the mold of former Arkansas running back Darren McFadden (SB Nation recruiting analyst Bud Elliott draws that comparison). He has state-championship-level speed on the track, and has the makings of a three-down back. Camron Davis is smaller and shiftier, not unlike a Joe Yearby. He and fullback George, whom Richt said is 6-1 and 255 pounds, arrive in May.

Considering UM could have a rotation of Travis Homer, DeeJay Dallas (who remains a running back), Lingard, Davis and potentially redshirt freshman Robert Burns and redshirt senior Trayone Gray, depth is looking much better here. And remember UM using freshman lineman Corey Gaynor as part of its search for fullbacks? No more.

A star on the Miami-Dade prep scene, Pope — whose nickname, Noodles, is memorable — has the body control of a great receiver. Once he fills out (6-1, 170), he could be special.  “I think he’s the best wide receiver in America,” UM recruiting coordinator Matt Doherty told WQAM about the May enrollee. “I’ll debate that as long as you want me to. We’ve taken that position group from ‘wow’ to ‘oh my God.’ I don’t think we could have a better receiving haul.”

That includes Ezzard (6-1, 215), who is … well … let’s let receivers coach Ron Dugans take it from here:

“He’ll just claw your face off. He doesn’t play any games,” Dugans said. “He’s physical at the line of scrimmage. He’s a physical runner. He goes up aggressively and catches the football with his hands, snatches it out of the air. Everything he does on film is violent. You see it in his play.”

Early enrollees Hightower and Wiggins have a little ways to go, conditioning-wise, which is to be expected.

“They went through their first day of mat drills and it wasn’t pretty,” Dugans said, chuckling. “Not for those guys. But I was impressed with what I saw the first day. They didn’t quit, they didn’t give in, they competed. That’s what I wanted to see.”

Miami recruited tight ends Jordan and Mallory to reprise the roles formerly held by Chris Herndon and David Njoku: one closer to the line, who can play fullback, H-back, even take a carry at times, and one who can flex out and catch passes downfield. They can and will be on the field together. Big spring for returnees Michael Irvin II and Brian Polendey, with the freshmen enrolling in May.

Competition should be hot up front, with junior center Tyler Gauthier, sophomore right guard Navaughn Donaldson and junior right tackle Tyree St. Louis the only returners who saw major action. Scaife (6-3, 320), who plays guard and tackle, enrolled early along with 6-5, 285-pound tackle John Campbell. Another four-star prospect, guard Cleveland Reed (6-3, 327), arrives in May.

The offensive line has a lot to prove, after two years of overhauling through recruiting. Spring battles will be intriguing there.

Same goes for quarterback, clearly. At running back, tight end and receiver, UM should be highly skilled, if quite young, but the players Richt has signed in his three Miami classes are excellent.

And this, according to recruiting analysts inside and outside Coral Gables, is the best group yet.

“The offensive class, from top to bottom, is our first choice everywhere,” Doherty said. “Exactly who we wanted. Exactly who we got.”

 

Among the top uncommitted prospects Miami is chasing for 2019, according to 247Sports:

Four-star wideouts Mark Richards (of Wellington; Ahmmon’s brother); Frank Ladson (Homestead product; former UF commit); and Jeremiah Payton; athletes Josh Sanguinetti and Kenny McIntosh (teammates at Fort Lauderdale-University; the latter is RJ’s brother); defensive end Khris Bogle; offensive linemen Evan Neal and Quinn Carroll; and cornerback Kaair Elam (of Benjamin; former UF and Dwyer High star Matt Elam’s brother).

UM’s class of 10 commits, headlined by four-star receiver Breion Fuller (Doral Academy), is rated second nationally (per 247). Linebacker will be a focus, with three starters entering their draft-eligible junior seasons.

More signing day coverage

[UM signs Silvera, misses on teammates]

[WR Ezzard picks Miami | DT Miller, too]

[CB Bethel in, DT Coburn out | Chatman to FSU]

Mark Richt on QB competition, 10th assistant coach, early enrollees, transfers

Mark Richt on the sidelines during a 2017 game. (Getty Images)

[UM signs Silvera, misses on teammates]

[WR Ezzard picks Miami | DT Miller, too]

[CB Bethel in, DT Coburn out | Chatman to FSU]

In case you missed it, here’s a review of the February portion of Miami’s recruiting class.

Other notes after a UM press conference to close national signing day 2018:

Mark Richt said early quarterback enrollee Jarren Williams, “a pocket passer who can run … not the other way around,” has been impressive. “We saw him as a very mature guy. … Him being here for spring ball is going to be huge. I want him to compete. I want them all to compete. Malik [Rosier] is our starting quarterback. Malik, like everywhere else, is going to have to prove” he can hold onto the job. “There are no scout-teamers in the spring. Everybody’s got a chance to show what they’ve got.

* Richt said he has finalized his 10th assistant coach. He said he’ll announce it Thursday morning.

* Asked about early enrollees, who dove into UM’s “mat drills” program this week, Richt said  “the first guy that got my attention” was defensive end Gregory Rousseau, whom he said gained some 15 pounds in a month. Rousseau is listed at 6-7 and 230 pounds. “Gilbert Frierson, tall, long, athletic corner. D.J. Ivey, same thing. Gurvan Hall … he looks great. [Lorenzo] Lingard, what you would expect from one of the best running backs in America, not afraid to do his thing.” He named all 10 players, happy they were “getting ahead of the game” by enrolling early.

* Richt confirmed UM will add two grad transfers (Illinois DT Tito Odenigbo and Tennessee OL Venzell Boulware, yet to be announced because they have not signed) and added the Canes will “have a couple spots open” for others. “We have space for some transfers. … We’re probably another class away from solidifying a class of 85 that can rock and roll and play championship football.” But Richt said UM’s defensive line is deep enough, with a grad transfer defensive tackle (Odenigbo) on the way, to play 2018 without adding anyone else. He wouldn’t be opposed to adding an end, should a good one become available this spring or summer.

* Miami signed one linebacker, four-star Patrick Joyner, in December. “We didn’t feel like that was a huge need,” Richt said. It will  be a big focus for 2019, with starters Shaq Quarterman, Michael Pinckney and Zach McCloud entering their draft-eligible junior seasons.

* Eighteen of UM’s 23 signees are from Florida.

* Fullback signee Realus George, who enrolls in May, is “about 255 pounds” on a 6-2 frame, Richt said.

National signing day 2018: Mark Richt, coaches excited about Miami Hurricanes recruiting class

(Getty Images photo; illustration, Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

[UM signs Silvera, misses on teammates]

[WR Ezzard picks Miami | DT Miller, too]

[CB Bethel in, DT Coburn out | Chatman to FSU]

While Wednesday brought plenty of good news for the Hurricanes, it brought few surprises.

Mark Richt’s program did most of its work in December, signing 19 players, 10 of which enrolled last month. It added four on signing day, making it a 23-player class. When Richt addressed the media at 3 p.m., the group was rated No. 7 in the country by 247Sports. It is Miami’s highest recruiting ranking since 2008, when 247 rated UM first overall, and the highest-rated group in the ACC.

“If we keep recruiting like this,” Richt said, “there’s going to be a lot of happy Hurricane fans, I can tell you that.”

Wednesday’s big addition was four-star defensive tackle Nesta Silvera, who honored a pledge to Miami he made last February.

“There was some cheering for sure,” Richt said of the Wednesday morning phone call with Silvera, whom he referred to by his middle name, Jade. He feels Silvera is “the best 3-technique in the state of Florida.” He later wondered if he was “the best interior defensive lineman … probably in America.”

Silvera, listed at 6-foot-2 and 308 pounds, was a four-star recruit rated second-best among prep defensive tackles by 247Sports. That website pegged him as the No. 54 prospect regardless of position. ESPN had him No. 3 among defensive tackles and No. 50 overall. Rivals considered him ninth and No. 121.

He racked up 107 tackles, 31 for loss, and 12 sacks as a senior for Class 5A state champion Plantation-American Heritage. He also recovered a fumble and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. In three high school seasons, he produced 187 tackles, 51 for loss, and 17.5 sacks.

He could see immediate playing time at Miami, which loses starting tackles RJ McIntosh and Kendrick Norton, both juniors, to the NFL draft, and graduates key reserve Anthony Moten.

“Miami is home,” Silvera said Tuesday on ESPNU, wearing a turnover chain edition ‘U’ hat. “It’s the crib, you know? What I can do here, I could go to Tuscaloosa, I could go to Athens, I could go to Gainesville and make those schools great, but why not stay home and make the crib great?”

The “best nose guard” in the state, Richt feels, is Jordan Miller, a three-star signee from Jacksonville-Sandalwood High. Richt said he wondered what was wrong, since more big-name programs weren’t recruiting him until late. “There’s no way this guy could be this good, have this good of grades, and not be spoken for,” Richt said. Position coach Craig Kuligowski later explained that Miller played at a small school — Palatka High — before transferring to Sandalwood last spring. He had gall bladder surgery and did not participate last spring, a period in which he might have been discovered.

The Hurricanes also landed four-star Georgia-based wide receiver Marquez Ezzard, who picked the Canes over Mississippi. “He’s 6-2, 215 pounds and plays like a heavyweight boxer,” Richt said. Receivers coach Ron Dugans said Ezzard will start as an outside receiver.

The other signee Richt was happy to spotlight: “Super fast, agile” Nigel Bethel, a three-star cornerback from Miami Northwestern. Though not rated as high as UM’s December cornerback signees — Al Blades Jr., D.J. Ivey and Gilbert Frierson were four-stars — defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was impressed.

“When he came to our 7-on-7 camp (last summer) and locked down everyone out there,” Diaz said, “we couldn’t get that out of our minds.”

A few late defensive misses stung some fans, who hoped five-star cornerbacks Tyson Campbell (Georgia) and Patrick Surtain Jr. (Alabama),  and four-star defensive linemen Andrew Chatfield (Florida) and Keondre Coburn (Texas) would join Richt’s group in Coral Gables.

Miami has its own internal system for grading recruits. Players are rated from “ones” to “fives,” with ones defined generally as “big-time guys, guys we can win the [ACC] with,” Diaz said.

According to Diaz, Miami got the ones it wanted.

“Some of the [players] we didn’t get, and some of the places they went, they wanted our ones,” Diaz said. “So they missed, too. … That’s just recruiting. That’s why we are excited about hitting the targets we had to hit. I don’t see people in this class we don’t feel like we can win the league with.

“What gets you beat is when you take the wrong ones.”

 

National signing day: DL Jamarcus Chatman picks Florida State over Miami

(Getty Images photo; illustration, Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

[UM signs Silvera, misses on teammates]

[WR Ezzard picks Miami | DT Miller, too]

[CB Bethel in, DT Coburn out]

One of Miami’s signing-day targets along the defensive line, Georgia-based Jamarcus Chatman, is heading to Tallahassee instead.

Chatman, a three-star prospect from Rome, Ga., chose FSU over UM in a ceremony at his school.

Looking to restock its defensive line Wednesday morning, UM signed tackles Nesta Silvera — a blue-chip recruit considered one of the top players in the 2018 class — and three-star Jordan Miller. Four-star tackle Keondre Coburn stuck with his commitment to Texas, while four-star end Andrew Chatfield picked Florida.

[RELATED: Get the latest updates on the Hurricanes’ recruiting class]

Miami sophomore DeeJay Dallas, a running back and wide receiver, had a message for Chatman that stoked the fire of the Miami-FSU rivalry:

Signing day 2018: DT Jordan Miller signs with Miami Hurricanes

(Getty Images photo; illustration, Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

[RELATED: Get the latest updates on the Hurricanes’ recruiting class]

[UM signs Silvera, misses on teammates]

[CB Bethel in, DT Coburn out]

[WR Ezzard picks Miami]

Defensive tackle Jordan Miller, a three-star prospect from Jacksonville, signed with Miami on Wednesday.

Click here for a scouting report, video and more fun facts about Miller.

Signing day 2018: Nesta Silvera to Miami, American Heritage teammates go elsewhere

(Getty Images photo; illustration, Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

[CB Bethel in, DT Coburn out]

[WR Ezzard picks Miami]

The biggest decisions of the Hurricanes’ 2018 signing day are in.

They went 1-for-4, but the one was a big one.

Four-star defensive tackle Nesta Silvera announced he was sticking with his pledge to Miami during a ceremony at Plantation-American Heritage High.

A capture of Silvera making his announcement, courtesy of the American Heritage webstream.

“Miami is home,” Silvera said on ESPNU, wearing a turnover chain edition ‘U’ hat. “It’s the crib, you know? What I can do here, I could go to Tuscaloosa, I could go to Athens, I could go to Gainesville and make those schools great, but why not stay home and make the crib great?”

His teammates, five-star cornerbacks Patrick Surtain Jr. (Alabama) and Tyson Campbell (Georgia) and four-star defensive end Andrew Chatfield (Florida), opted to go elsewhere.

Miami was hopeful, although not expecting, to land all four. It was indeed expecting Silvera to stick with the UM commitment he made 12 months ago.

[RELATED: Get the latest updates on the Hurricanes’ recruiting class]

Silvera raised eyebrows when he entered the room with a doll from the movie Chucky, which caused some to wonder if he was either trolling or paying tribute to Florida. Former Gators star defensive end Dominique Easley was known for bringing a Chucky doll around Gainesville.

But he stuck with the Canes, and the doll played a part in a teammate’s announcement.

Chatfield briefly picked up the ‘U’ hat on the table in front of him, but put it down and grabbed Silvera’s doll, which by then had a UF hat on.

Silvera and Chatfield could play against each other in 2019, when Miami and Florida open the season in Orlando.

Campbell — who had Georgia, Alabama and Miami hats in front of him — praised the Bulldogs coaching staff because, he feels, “they can help me get to the next level … Kirby Smart, he just showed me a bunch of love.”

Also showing him plenty of love: his former coach, Mike Rumph, who left Heritage in 2016 to join Mark Richt’s staff as a cornerbacks coach. He had for several seasons recruited the Heritage stars hard.

Surtain had no hats in front of him. He pulled out an Alabama cap from his lap, spurning LSU, which had long expected him to be a part of its 2018 class.

247Sports reported both Campbell and Surtain informed UM of their decisions Tuesday evening.

Silvera, listed at 6-foot-2 and 308 pounds, was a four-star recruit rated second-best among prep defensive tackles by 247Sports. That website pegged him as the No. 54 prospect regardless of position. ESPN had him No. 3 among defensive tackles and No. 50 overall. Rivals considered him ninth and No. 121.

He racked up 107 tackles, 31 for loss, and 12 sacks as a senior for the Class 5A state champion Patriots. He also recovered a fumble and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. In three high school seasons, he produced 187 tackles, 51 for loss, and 17.5 sacks.

He could see immediate playing time at Miami, which loses starting tackles RJ McIntosh and Kendrick Norton, both juniors, to the NFL draft, and graduates key reserve Anthony Moten.

At the Army All-American Bowl last month, Rivals reported Silvera was “one of the most disruptive interior defensive linemen” at the elite-level practices, stuffing running backs and collapsing passing pockets. “His quickness off the snap has caught so many offensive linemen off-guard,” Rivals analyst Adam Friedman wrote. “He uses his hands so well to get off blocks that linemen have a hard time slowing him down.”

As you might imagine, he’s plenty confident. Asked Wednesday to describe his strengths, he said this, according to Canesport:

“I think my strength is I’m just better than everybody.”

Signing day 2018: WR Marquez Ezzard picks Miami Hurricanes

(Getty Images photo; illustration, Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

[RELATED: Get the latest updates on the Hurricanes’ recruiting class]

Four-star wide receiver Marquez Ezzard committed to Miami in a ceremony at Stockbridge High in Georgia. He pulled on an all-black ‘U’ hat to mark the occasion as his decision was announced to a packed gymnasium.

Ezzard, 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, joins an excellent signing class at receiver. During the early period Dec. 20-22, the Hurricanes signed five-star Mark Pope and lengthy four-stars Brian Hightower and Dee Wiggins.

Click here for a scouting report on Ezzard.