How did Paradise Camp weekend go for the Hurricanes? A look at each commitment Miami received, plus other tidbits

The Hurricanes held Paradise Camp this past weekend at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. (Photo from Steve Gorten)

What kind of weekend did the Hurricanes football program have? A productive one.

Miami hosted its third annual Paradise Camp, and it was a big success. About 200 high school football players took part in the two-day event held at the Coral Gables campus, which featured a pool party/cookout Friday and actual football drills on Saturday night. Continue reading “How did Paradise Camp weekend go for the Hurricanes? A look at each commitment Miami received, plus other tidbits”

Mark Richt nearly giddy about promise of Miami’s incoming freshmen

Hurricanes coach Mark Richt is ecstatic about the potential of wide receiver Mark Pope and many more of Miami’s incoming freshmen. (Youtube)

Mark Richt can’t stop the notifications from popping up on his phone.

“Seven more days,” pings one message.

“Five more days,” comes the next, a couple days later.

They’re not reminders from his offseason calendar, but text messages from his freshmen. They’re telling him they can’t wait for this weekend, when, according to a UM spokesman, the remainder of Miami’s yet-to-enroll freshmen are expected to report to campus.

Expected to arrive on campus: running back Camron Davis, fullback Realus George, wide receivers Mark Pope and Marquez Ezzard, tight ends Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory, offensive guard Cleveland Reed, defensive tackles Nesta Silvera and Jordan Miller, linebacker Patrick Joyner, cornerbacks Nigel Bethel and Al Blades Jr. and kicker Bubba Baxa.

Miami’s coach has never been the giddy sort. But Richt, speaking by phone on Wednesday, was more than a little eager about the potential of Pope, a five-star prospect according to Rivals, of Jordan, the No. 1-ranked prep tight end in the country, and of others.

“We’re going to look a lot different,” said Richt, who is 19-7 in two seasons at UM. “We’re going to have a lot more depth than we had a year ago. We had some good ballplayers offensively, but there wasn’t a lot of depth in some spots. By the end of the year we were kind of limping a little bit.”

A surprise November setback at Pittsburgh spoiled Miami’s 10-0 start. Losses in the ACC title game – 38-3 to Clemson – and the Orange Bowl – 34-24 to Wisconsin – further exposed the Hurricanes’ issues on offense, the area in which Richt specializes. By the end of the year, he was calling plays without his top receiver (Ahmmon Richards), tight end (Chris Herndon) and running back (Mark Walton), all felled by leg injuries. Miami also lacked a fullback, which left Richt unable to call some of the power plays he ran effectively during his Georgia days.

“If Realus George is who I think he is – that’s a big-time, legit fullback – that changes your ability to run a two-back offense and short-yardage and goal-line looks a lot different,” Richt said. “You’ve got these two tight ends coming in (Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory). If they’re who we think they are, all of a sudden we can run possibly a little bit of 12 personnel like we did with (David) Njoku and (Chris) Herndon (in 2016).

“I’m excited about it for sure. We’re going to have a little bit more diversity in our personnel groupings, and have enough guys that can make plays. You can play a bunch of guys and keep them fresh. It’s going to make a difference on how hard you can play on any given down. You can tell them, play hard. If you get tired a little bit, we’ll throw another guy in there for a little while and he’ll go hard. You’ll get back in there in a minute, so be ready. I’m all for playing a bunch of guys – more than we did in the past, I can tell you that.”

Richt has a vision for the 2018 team, more than four months before the Canes open the year Sept. 2 in Arlington, Texas, against LSU.

“I think we’ll have a bunch of guys that will embrace that we have multiple guys that can get it done,” he said, “and just be excited about everybody’s success — together, instead of ‘I’m trying to guard my playing time.’ I think we’ll have a good morale that way.”

Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman CB Nigel Bethel

(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: Nigel Bethel, a cornerback and the brother of a former UM recruit by the same name.

NIGEL BETHEL

Bethel

Gould’s grade: 5

Scouting report: “Good height (around 6-0) but thin. Elite speed. Good in short areas and gets to top speed quickly. Good ball skills with solid hands. Looks comfortable shuffling backwards. Tackling form has issues but effort seems to be there. Has some experience at corner but mostly played receiver in high school. Shows great instincts on kick returns. Former Florida commit who committed to Miami after a late offer. More potential than anything else at this point because of his height and speed. Biggest contribution will probably come on special teams as a return man and gunner.”

More Bethel

Out of Miami Northwestern High
‘Dominated’ Miami 7-on-7 camp
Richt: ‘Super fast, exceptionally smart’

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 CB Al Blades Jr.

This graphic produced by Miami shows Al Blades Jr. wearing the No. 7 uniform his father wore at UM. (UM Athletics)

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: Al Blades Jr., who arrives with family bonafides and plenty of support.

AL BLADES JR.

Blades

Gould’s grade: 7

Scouting report: ” About average size. Good enough athlete but will struggle against high-end receivers. Mirrors receivers in man coverage exceptionally well. Makes life difficult for receivers at the line of scrimmage. Plays though the man at the catch point trying to break up passes. Very aggressive player both from a mentality standpoint and on-field play. Might draw his fair share of pass interference flags both from playing too aggressive in tight coverage and making up for being beat. Good tackler but needs to improve against blocks. Played in a rotation at cornerback as a senior. Under Armour All-American. Starting potential at corner with some limitations that can be minimized with scheme design. Chance of being a nickel defender or safety depending how he develops physically.”

More Blades

For Rumph, recruiting Blades was personal
Blades committed on Father’s Day
Hurricanes will always be ‘family’ to him
Blades flashed the ‘U’ at Doak Campbell
An early story on Al Blades Jr.

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 LB Patrick Joyner

Patrick Joyner (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: Patrick Joyner, who played defensive end in high school and projects as a linebacker.

PATRICK JOYNER

Joyner

Gould’s grade: 7

Scouting report: “Great size at 6-3 with a build to play in the 235-240 range. Fluid athlete with great lateral agility. Explosive first step whether as a standing linebacker or down lineman. Mostly tries to run around OTs but shows proficiency with an inside swim move. Wrap-up tackler who doesn’t give up much ground on contact. Looks smooth on zone drops and is comfortable in space. Good hand usage and shows awareness of ball-carriers while engaging with blockers. Doesn’t show much strength or leverage as a pass-rusher. Played mostly as an edge rusher but does have some experience off the line of scrimmage. Former Florida State commit. Just on the linebacker side of an DE/LB tweener who could play at either spot depending on the system and situations. At his best when he can play up-field but has potential as a force defender if he can grow as a linebacker.”

More Joyner

Fluid, athletic, long and explosive
Could play DE on third down

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 DT Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller (center) poses with (from left) UM’s Jonathan Patke, Manny Diaz, Craig Kuligowski (now at Alabama), Mark Richt and Todd Hartley. (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: Jordan Miller, a big defensive tackle who Miami found late in the recruiting season.

JORDAN MILLER

Miller

Gould’s grade: 7

Scouting report: “Enormous player at 6-4 330 with some bad weight. Astounding quickness for the position and gets a great jump off the snap. Consistently fires out low and can overwhelm blockers early in plays. Mainly uses an arm-over or bull rush against blockers. Shows a good motor and chases after plays. Effective pass rusher as a 1-technique but not going to be a three-down player. Finds ball-carriers well but change-of-direction is fairly poor. Can struggle to readjust rush after initial movement is stopped. Doesn’t take on blocks very well and struggles to anchor against double teams. A rare hidden gem in modern recruiting who saw late offers from Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. Unique nose tackle prospect with a rare combination of overall size and quickness. Needs to improve physique and overall technique but has the ability to be a productive starter.”

More Miller

Miller a late find
Who is this guy, exactly?

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 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