Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman DT Nesta Silvera

Nesta Silvera, who shined last summer at The Opening, drew rave reviews at the Army game practices. (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: Nesta “Jade” Silvera, a player who will be relied on as a youngster along Miami’s defensive line.

NESTA SILVERA

Silvera

Gould’s grade: 9

Scouting report: “Good height at 6-2 (and 300 pounds) with the size to play right away. Incredibly quick and explosive first step. Generates an insane amount of power on contact. Completely overwhelms blockers with his bull rush. Has a nice arm-over when he catches blockers lunging to stop his initial momentum. Just a menace in one-on-one situations. Quick lateral movements and light feet. Great vision in the backfield and tracks ball carriers like a linebacker. Doesn’t let runners get away when they’re in his proximity. Makes his share of hustle plays. Gives great effort against double teams but technique isn’t there. Doesn’t take on or recognize blocks particularly well in the run game. Sometimes struggles to re-engage when initial move is shut down. Doesn’t cross blockers’ faces very often. Stuck with Miami in the end over Florida. Army All-American. Monster interior pass rusher who should be in the DT rotation as a freshman.”

More Silvera

‘Why not make the crib great?’
Why is he called ‘Jade’

Silvera gives hope to Hurricanes

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

 

 

Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman OL Cleveland Reed

Cleveland Reed (247Sports)
Cleveland Reed (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: Cleveland Reed, an interior prospect who can be a powerful pusher in the run game.

CLEVELAND REED

Reed

Gould’s grade: 8

Scouting report: “Good height at 6-4 with a thick build. Dominating run blocker who moves defenders on power plays. Powerful punch. Quick, choppy feet and plays with a wide base. Moves well downfield and knocks linebackers off balance. Average flexibility and doesn’t bend very well. Doesn’t cover much ground with his kick step and is better in short areas. Inconsistent hand placement and lets rushers get under him. Played OT and DT in HS. Under Armour All-American. Chose Miami over Florida. Powerful player who projects best at guard. Needs to lose some weight and improve quickness off the snap before he’s ready to be a full-time starter.”

More Reed

Reed can play several spots
Seems 2018 offensive recruits will fit in well
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 Bethel | 2017 signing class

 

Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman TE Will Mallory

Will Mallory (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: Will Mallory, a tall target in the passing game who Miami sees as an ideal complement to fellow tight end recruit Brevin Jordan.

WILL MALLORY 

Mallory

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 Mallory

Mallory goes against family tradition
Seems 2018 offensive recruits will fit in well
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

 

 

 

Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman TE Brevin Jordan

Brevin Jordan (Diehards)

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: Brevin Jordan, who might be Miami’s starting tight end as a freshman.

BREVIN JORDAN

Jordan

Gould’s grade: 10

Scouting report: “Below-average height but college-ready build (6-3, 250). Elite athlete. Explosive. Tremendous balance and power with the ball in his hands. Basically turns into a running back after the catch. Snatches the ball out of the air and is comfortable making catches over the top. Terrific run blocker who explodes into defenders with good knee bend and drives on contact. Overall technique as a blocker is top-notch. Has experience as an in-line tight end, has split wide and worked out of the backfield. More than 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. Under Armour All-American. Elite tight end prospect with the athleticism and technique to be effective inline and in the slot as a freshman.”

More Jordan

Jordan shines in AA game
Fun facts about the Las Vegas native
A highlight member of 2018 offensive group
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 Bethel | 2017 signing class

Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman WR Marquez Ezzard

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

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: Marquez Ezzard, who will “claw your face off” according to his recruiter, Miami receivers coach Ron Dugans, and plays like a “heavyweight boxer” according to coach Mark Richt.

MARQUEZ EZZARD

Ezzard

Gould’s grade: 7

Scouting report: “Good height at 6-2 and a well-built 215. Not a blazer but enough speed. Quick in small areas. Tough runner and difficult to tackle in space. Great blocker who puts in a ton of effort. Great hands and isn’t afraid to go up and catch the ball knowing he is going to get hit. Shows a great understanding of body positioning on jump balls. Played in a simple offense with not much exposure to a complicated route tree. Over a thousand yards receiving each of the last two seasons with a combined 25 touchdowns. Former Florida State commit who signed with Miami over Mississippi. Can line up anywhere on the field but will likely be more productive inside on shallow routes with yards-after-catch potential. Will be maximized by a quarterback that isn’t afraid to target him when covered and throw him open.”

More Ezzard

Ezzard was plenty productive in high school
‘He plays like a heavyweight boxer’
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 Bethel | 2017 signing class

 

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

‘Noodles’ is ‘best in America,’ UM believes
Pope tops WRs in a talent-rich state
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

 

 

Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman FB Realus George

Realus George (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: fullback Realus George, a well-rounded prospect who brings some extra muscle to Mark Richt’s run game.

REALUS GEORGE

George

Gould’s grade: 6

Scouting report: “Bowling ball at 6-0, 250. Solid athlete with light feet and good balance. Vision as a run blocker is excellent. Adjusts to moving targets as a lead blocker and attacks the proper shoulder. Runs extremely low to the ground and generates a ton of power on contact. Good hands and competent after the catch. Played RB, FB, TE, LB and DT in high school. Excellent fullback prospect who should be extremely valuable as a lead blocker and as a receiver out of the backfield.”

More George

‘Unc’ says ‘people are going to be in trouble’
Seems 2018 offensive recruits will fit in well
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 Bethel | 2017 signing class

Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman RB Camron Davis

Camron Davis poses with Miami coach Mark Richt. (Twitter)
Running back Camron Davis poses with Miami coach Mark Richt. (Twitter)

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: Camron Davis, a small-but-powerful back from Miami’s Carol City High:

CAMRON DAVIS 

Davis

Gould’s grade: 7

Scouting report: “On the shorter side but has a muscular build. Good speed but really shines with his quick feet and short area movements. Uncanny ability to read defender’s movements and make small adjustments to avoid direct contact. Elite receiver out of the backfield and good enough to run routes split out. Tough runner and gives tremendous effort on short yardage runs. Low center of gravity and leg strength make him hard to take down and help keep him going after contact. Has experience running from spread sets and is effective on inside zone runs. Technique is fine in pass protection but could give more effort. Committed to Oregon State very early in his recruitment. Complimentary back that excels on quick inside runs and as a receiver in space.”

More Davis

Davis isn’t headliner, but plenty good
Seems 2018 offensive recruits will fit in well
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

 

 

N’Kosi Perry honors Miami Hurricanes teammate Malek Young with tattoo

N’Kosi Perry’s tattoo honors teammate Malek Young, who wore No. 12. (Courtesy of N’Kosi Perry)

Malek Young can no longer play football for Miami, but he will be around the team this year.

He’ll be with at least one of his former teammates forever.

Hurricanes quarterback N’Kosi Perry recently got a tattoo to honor Young, whose playing career ended after a neck injury in the Orange Bowl.

The permanent tribute, a photo of which Perry shared with the Post, is on his left wrist. In black ink is Young’s No. 12, which he wore for two seasons as a cornerback, and his nickname, “Humble Child.”

Young’s injury occurred in the first quarter of Miami’s 34-24 loss to Wisconsin last Dec. 30. He collided with Badgers fullback Austin Ramesh on a kickoff. He had surgery to fuse his C1 and C2 vertebrae, ending his career.

This spring, Young, 20, was a volunteer coach assisting cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph.

Perry, a redshirt freshman who arrived at UM one year after Young (Class of 2016), was trying to wrest the starting quarterback job from redshirt senior Malik Rosier.

Lorenzo Lingard shines in Miami Hurricanes track debut

Running back Lorenzo Lingard is one of the top hurdlers and sprinters in the Southeast U.S. (247Sports)
Running back Lorenzo Lingard is one of the top hurdlers and sprinters in the Southeast U.S. (247Sports)

[Mark Richt, Miami agree to contract extension]

Miami sees Lorenzo Lingard becoming one of the ACC’s top running backs.

For now, he’s running track.

The five-star true freshman made his college debut at the National Relay Championships last weekend, hosted by the University of Arkansas, and it went well.

Lingard stepped in and ran the anchor leg of Miami’s 4×100 relay team, along with sophomore McKinly Brown, junior Myles Valentine and junior Isaiah Taylor. The Hurricanes finished eighth of nine teams, but Lingard helped them to a season-best finish of 40.44 seconds.

Miami’s plan for Lingard, according to a school spokesman, is to run the 110-meter hurdles for the rest of the spring.

Lingard, who would be competing against high-schoolers this spring if he didn’t enroll early at Miami, was a high school junior when he ran his personal best of 13.94 seconds in the 110 hurdles. That would place him among this season’s national collegiate leaders.

Lingard, 6-feet and 195 pounds, could in time become a 215-pound tailback with breakaway speed. Rated No. 2 among running backs in the recruiting class of 2018, he spent the spring as No. 3 on Miami’s depth chart behind junior-to-be Travis Homer (5-11, 200) and sophomore DeeJay Dallas (5-10, 220).

Lingard is expected to make his home track debut next Thursday through Saturday, when Miami hosts the ACC Championships. The NCAA East Preliminary is May 24-26 in Tampa. The NCAA Championships are June 6-9 in Eugene, Ore.

UM’s Greentree (football) and Cobb (track and soccer) fields are adjacent, and plenty of athletes have bounced between the two. According to UM, 14 track school records are held by football players. Names in the record book include Randal Hill, Bennie Blades, Horace Copeland, Ed Reed, Santana Moss and Vince Wilfork. The most recent two-sport star was cornerback Artie Burns, who broke a 38-year-old American junior record in the 60-meter hurdles in 2014. He is preparing for his third season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Burns’ brother, Thomas, was last year’s national leader in the 300 meter hurdles (35.25) and is second this year (36.56). He has committed to run track at Miami.