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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Miami extends Mark Richt’s contract through 2023

University of Miami football coach Mark Richt speaks during the 16th annual YMCA Inspiration Breakfast at Office Depot headquarters in Boca Raton. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

A month after extending the contract of basketball coach Jim Larranaga, Miami has done the same for its football coach.

The school’s athletics director, Blake James, confirmed Thursday that Mark Richt will work in Coral Gables through 2023.

“Mark has done a phenomenal job of building this program – and generating enthusiasm for this program – since the day he arrived back on campus,” James said in a press release. “We look forward to continued success under his watch, both on and off the field, for many years to come.”

Miami has long been of that mind.

Richt, 58, has been coy about the length of his contract — “it’s long enough,” he said after he was hired in Dec. 2015 — but has said numerous times he hopes to retire at Miami. He was the 12th highest-paid coach at Georgia ($4.1 million a year, per public documents) when the school fired him in 2015. He was making at least that at Miami, a source familiar with the negotiations said at the time of his hire.

The Associated Press reported the deal was for six years, making this a two-year extension. Larranaga recently signed a two-year extension for an undisclosed figure. UM, a private school, is not required to disclose such contract information.

Richt, who will be 63 at the end of his deal, is 19-7 in his first two seasons at his alma mater. The Hurricanes went 10-3 last year and reached the ACC title game. It was the team’s first appearance in that game since joining the league in 2004. The Canes played in the Orange Bowl — their first major bowl bid since 2003. It was also the school’s first 10-win season since that year.

Richt was named ACC Coach of the Year and Walter Camp National Coach of the Year.

Soon after his arrival, Richt beat the drum loudly for an indoor practice facility, chipping in $1 million to the fundraising efforts. Miami, one of only major college football programs without shelter from the elements, opens a $34 million maison du football américain in late July.

“We’re excited about where this program is headed,” said Richt, who spent 15 years at Georgia and 15 more as a Florida State assistant before coming to UM, where he played quarterback from 1978-82. The Boca Raton native lives in Coconut Grove with his wife, Katharyn. His son, Jon, is UM’s quarterbacks coach.

“Miami is not only my alma mater, it is home to me and my family. It’s a blessing to live and work in paradise.”

Richt is 164-58 in 17 seasons.

Mark Richt: 2018 Miami Hurricanes will have ‘dudes’ ready to ‘ball out’

Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt yells during a team drill before the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Saturday, December 30, 2017. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post)

[What could Miami’s 2019 NFL draft class look like?]

His assistant coaches are on the road recruiting this month, and since head coaches cannot visit schools, Mark Richt has a little time to daydream.

He recently found himself in his staff meeting room, looking at his 2018 depth chart. The names he saw on the dry-erase board, grouped together by position, made him visualize heated position battles that will begin when Miami returns for fall practice in August.

“I’ve just got a big grin on my face,” Richt said, recalling the moment in a Tuesday interview on WQAM.

What gets him juiced, aside from the indoor practice facility that opens in late July, is an impending infusion of talent and depth. This summer, UM’s lines get a boost with graduate transfers Tennessee guard Venzell Boulware and Illinois defensive tackle Tito Odenigbo. The tight end room adds four-star recruits Brevin Jordan — ranked No. 1 at his position — and Will Mallory. Receiver Mark Pope is a tantalizing prospect. The Hurricanes, trying to rebuild their roster after an attrition-heavy few seasons, will field close to a full team.

“The numbers will be up for sure, and the skill level and the competition level’s going to be tremendous,” Richt said. “I’m very excited about it. That’s what made Miami great in the past. A bunch of great players competing every day against each other. I think we’re going to have enough dudes to make plays and really compete well.”

After going 10-3 and winning the ACC Coastal, Miami could keep rising.

Especially if its quarterback play is solid.

Richt has demanded more from incumbent starter Malik Rosier, who enters his redshirt senior year trying to strengthen his grip on the No. 1 job. If Miami opened the season against LSU on Tuesday, and not Sept. 2, the starter “would be Malik,” Richt said. “And it ought to be Malik. We’ll see if he can continue this summer and knock it out in camp.”

Richt is hopeful redshirt freshmen N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon and true freshman Jarren Williams will compete hard enough to make Rosier better, and the coach’s decision difficult.

Richt has made positive comments about Rosier’s ability to run the offense ( He can “go from a bad play to a good play, and a good play to a great play,” Richt said Tuesday), but the coach would be overjoyed if Rosier was a more accurate passer. In the spring, Rosier “threw the ball pretty well,” Richt said. “It wasn’t unbelievable but no one’s perfect. … He really had a good spring.

“The other guys, the good news is, N’Kosi is learning a lot more, getting better at what he’s doing. He’s a very talented passer [and] runner. Weldon missed a couple of practices with an eye infection but when he came back he put back-to-back practices together [and] practiced extremely well. And Jarren Williams is a guy that has come in and quite frankly he’s a better passer than I thought he was. He’s throwing some dimes out there. He’s not quite sure who to throw it to half the time, but when he throws it at something, he tends to hit it.”

Richt said the backup job is “open.” He remains encouraged by Rosier, but he isn’t handing him the starting spot yet.

“I’d love to say this guy’s No. 1, this guy’s a solid No. 2, and these other guys are battling for playing time or they may redshirt and all that kind of thing. We’re not there right now. I’d love to go through the whole summer and know 100 percent who the guy is. Really, Malik is the guy, and he’s got to act that way throughout the summer with the leadership role that the quarterbacks take in the summer (when coaches have limited time with players), and he will. He did last summer. He’ll do it again.

“I have all the faith and confidence that we’re going to have a great summer with his leadership and the other guys can start growing up a little bit more and take more ownership of it.”

A depth chart full of “dudes” hopes that happens.

“If you come to Miami, you’d better come to compete and earn your playing time,” he said, “because we’re going to have some boys that can ball out.”

Heading west: Richt’s assistants are trying to add to a class presently ranked 10th in the nation by 247Sports. “We’ll be all over the state,” he said. “We’ll be all over the country really. If we have kids that are interested in us, we’ll go as far as Oregon if we need to.” That was a reference to four-star quarterback Michael Johnson Jr., from Eugene, Ore. Johnson, rated No. 4 among dual-threat QBs, is Miami’s top choice this cycle. Other top West Coast players UM wants, per 247, include four-star cornerback Chris Steele (Bellflower, Calif.) and five-star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, the top-ranked player in the country.

“We know it’s not over until it’s over, until signing day,” Richt said. “Everyone continues to work a kid. And a lot happens between now and signing day. Seasons go great, seasons go bad. Guys turn pro at their position, all of a sudden they’re more interested. Coaches leave and go to another job. You have to keep banging away at the guys you want, fight until the very last minute. The good news is, the battles we are having are against some of the greatest schools in America, which is who we should be battling with.”

Richt on Norton: WQAM host Joe Rose asked Richt if the NFL Draft decision of defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, who expected to be selected in the early rounds but fell to the seventh (242nd overall), was “agent-driven, family-driven.” Richt declined to say.

 

“There’s a lot of reasons why guys decide to go,” Richt said. “The long and short of it is he felt it was time to become a pro. He felt like he was going to get drafted, and no one knows for sure when they’ll get drafted. Kendrick, like everybody else, we try to get them as much information from the NFL as we can. as far as what scouts say, what GMs might say, what a coach might say, and put it in front of them, let them look at it, and see what’s real.

“The good news is he got drafted. He has a chance to make a living doing it and hopefully he does well.”

 

 

 

Way-too-early Miami Hurricanes projections for 2019 NFL Draft

Miami Hurricanes defensive back Sheldrick Redwine (22) recovers a fumble by Toledo Rockets quarterback Logan Woodside as defensive end Joe Jackson (99) chases at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on September 23, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Later this month, a dozen former Hurricanes will suit up for NFL teams in offseason workouts. Six Miami players were drafted, six were not, but all will face stiff competition as they try to win jobs.

Projecting the next wave of Pro Canes — the NFL Draft class of 2019 — is an imprecise activity. The first games of 2018 are four months away. An early first-round projection is no guarantee of a Day 1 selection.

However, a few UM players could help NFL teams solve their most glaring needs.

Cornerback Michael Jackson and safety Jaquan Johnson, both of whom considered entering the draft as juniors, will return as seniors. Each had four interceptions last year, sharing the team lead. Jackson has the requisite size (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) and speed to be a high-round pick. Johnson’s playmaking ability and stout tackling against the run might assuage teams worried about his size (5-10, 190).

At least two underclassmen stand out as potential early selections: defensive end Joe Jackson and wide receiver Ahmmon Richards, both juniors.

Jackson, a 6-5, 260-pound edge player, registered 15 sacks and 23 tackles for loss over the last two seasons. Richards (6-1, 195), coming off an injury-riddled sophomore season (439 yards and three touchdowns on 24 catches), was a freshman All-American and set a UM first-year receiving record (934 yards) in 2016.

Several 2019 mock drafts project the two Jacksons (who are not related) and Richards in the first round, with Johnson sneaking into at least one lookahead.

CBS Sports is the highest on any Miami player, slotting Richards 10th overall. It also has Joe Jackson as the 29th player taken. Two outlets have three Hurricanes in the first round. USA Today has Michael Jackson (18th) and Richards (19th) going back-to-back, and Joe Jackson (30th) near the end of Day 1.  Bleacher Report listed Joe Jackson 16th, Michael Jackson 18th and Richards 26th.

Miami last produced three first-rounders in a single year in 2007, when Brandon Meriweather, Jon Beason and Greg Olsen were chosen with picks 24, 25 and 31. The Hurricanes hit a first-round trifecta six times, including 2004, when a record six players (Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow, Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams, Vernon Carey and Vince Wilfork) were selected.

Other 2019 first-round mock drafts with a Miami flavor: WalterFootball.com had Richards 17th and Joe Jackson 19th. SB Nation saw Michael Jackson (19th) and Johnson (20th) getting calls in order. The Big Lead projected Michael Jackson 12th.

NFL scouts coming to Miami practices this fall will likely assess the pro-readiness of numerous other players, including:

* Junior linebackers Shaq Quarterman and Michael Pinckney, two of the ACC’s top inside linebackers since they were freshmen.

* Fellow junior Zach McCloud, coming off a wrist injury, has to show he’s both healthy and a better option than the safety-sized linebackers UM used in his place this spring.

* Junior running back Travis Homer, who quietly produced a 966-yard, eight-touchdown season despite averaging 6.25 carries in his first four games. He averaged 16.1 over the final nine.

* Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Gerald Willis, a talented interior lineman who hasn’t put much on tape.

* Quarterback Malik Rosier, if he fixes his accuracy issues, will keep his starting job as a senior and improve his stock as a potential pro.

* This is a prove-it season for several other seniors, like safety Sheldrick Redwine (6-1, 195), a reliable performer last year after converting from cornerback, receivers Dayall Harris and Darrell Langham, offensive linemen Tyler Gauthier and Tyree St. Louis, and cornerback Jhavonte Dean.

* Redshirt senior defensive end Demetrius Jackson and redshirt junior wide receiver Lawrence Cager, their careers hampered by knee injuries, could open eyes with big 2018 seasons.

But it appears the top of Miami’s draft class, barring any surprises, will include two seniors and two underclassmen. No guarantee the latter will leave school early — neither Richards nor Joe Jackson has spoken publicly about it — though nearly every major-college player wants to play in the league, most as soon as possible.

Miami lost running back Mark Walton (fourth round) and starting defensive tackles R.J. McIntosh (fifth) and Kendrick Norton (seventh) to this year’s draft, a year after losing underclassman tight end David Njoku (first), quarterback Brad Kaaya (seventh) and running back Joe Yearby (undrafted and unsigned).

Johnson said last December, amid a string of three season-ending losses, he wasn’t listening to those in his circle who told him he should turn pro.

“I could sort of sense it in people’s voice, that they wanted me to just leave, but I make my own decisions,” he said. “My dad taught me that. My mom taught me that. They tell me to make my own decisions. I knew I would do four years as soon as I came here and I’m going to get my degree and play for a national championship.”

2018 Miami draft class
Round (Pick ) — Player — Team

3 (67) — DE Chad Thomas — Cleveland Browns
4 (107) — TE Chris Herndon — New York Jets
4 (112) — RB Mark Walton* — Cincinnati Bengals
5 (139) — DE R.J. McIntosh* — New York Giants
6 (210) — WR Braxton Berrios — New England Patriots
7 (242) — DT Kendrick Norton* — Carolina Panthers

Undrafted free agents
Player — Team

K Michael Badgley — Indianapolis Colts
OG Kc McDermott — Jacksonville Jaguars
DE/LB Trent Harris — New England Patriots
CB Dee Delaney — Jacksonville Jaguars
DT Anthony Moten — Miami Dolphins
OG Trevor Darling — Cleveland Browns (tryout)