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

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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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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

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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

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

 

 

Basketball: G Anthony Mack commits to Miami Hurricanes

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – NOVEMBER 29: Head coach Jim Larranaga of the Miami Hurricanes reacts to a play during the second half of the game on November 29, 2017 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Hurricanes defeated the Golden Gophers 86-81. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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Miami has a new face in the program.

Six-foot-6 wing Anthony Mack, who redshirted last season at Wyoming, will join the Hurricanes this summer.

Mack, a high school teammate of redshirt freshman Deng Gak at Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., was a three-star recruit. He reportedly sat out last year because of concussion issues.

He told Evan Daniels of 247Sports that he believes he will get a waiver to play this fall.

Mack, listed at 218 pounds, joins a backcourt that includes sophomore-to-be Chris Lykes, redshirt sophomore Miles Wilson and junior D.J. Vasiljevic.

UM is hopeful they will land Florida Gulf Coast grad transfer Zach Johnson, a 6-2, 195-pound combo guard who played with Dewan Huell at Miami Norland High. He is also interested in Creighton and Louisville.

Miami Hurricanes basketball: Several enticing transfer options emerging

North Carolina’s Brice Johnson (left) and Joel Berry try to stop Florida Gulf Coast’s Zach Johnson during a first-round NCAA Tournament game on March 17, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Miami coaches might have an extra bounce in their steps this weekend.

Tuesday’s revised federal charges against a former Adidas executive and his associates stripped language that implied Jim Larranaga and his staff approved of their scheme to pay a top-flight recruit to sign with the Hurricanes. The new indictment makes a different point: that Miami was defrauded by the men. From a UM perspective, it amounted to a mea culpa.

It will no doubt help answer any questions recruits have about potential NCAA trouble for the Hurricanes, who are trying to fill out their roster for 2018-19 and beyond.

This weekend, UM is hosting two transfer guards. High-scoring combo guard Zach Johnson, who is leaving Florida Gulf Coast, will make an unofficial visit Friday, a program source confirmed. Wyoming transfer Anthony Mack will see the campus this weekend. The Hurricanes are a finalist for Oklahoma transfer Kameron McGusty, who would sit out this season.

Johnson, who would be immediately eligible, is a Miami native who made the All-Atlantic Sun team last year (16.1 points per game, including 37 in the A-Sun title game, and 3.0 assists). Like his former Miami Norland High teammate Dewan Huell, he declared for the NBA Draft, but did not hire an agent.

Johnson led Norland to a state championship as a high school senior in 2013-14. He was named Class 6A Final Four MVP as a junior and senior. At FGCU, he made the A-Sun All-Freshman team in 2015-16, when he averaged 11.1 points and 3.3 assists per game. He posted 11.9 as a sophomore.

Last season, he set career highs in 3-point shooting (39.2), free-throw shooting (78.1), steals (2.0), rebounds (3.3) and minutes (32.4). He shot 46.9 percent from the field, taking 12.4 shots per game.

“He can shoot the 3-ball,” teammate Brandon Goodwin told the Naples Daily News last November. “He can drive it. One of the things that’s special about him is you don’t have to call a play for him. You get him a ball-screen and he’ll make a play for you. Whether it’s driving down and dunking or driving in the lane with a floater or driving and finding an open teammate. I think that’s something that’s hard to teach. He’s super athletic. When he gets around the rim, he can finish. And he can go in spurts of scoring four or five baskets in a row, especially at times when we need it. What makes him special is he can do it all.”

Johnson (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) would be a valuable addition to a backcourt that returns three scholarship players (Chris Lykes, DJ Vasiljevic and now-eligible transfer Miles Wilson). He could also reunite with Huell, should Huell decide to return to school. According to Jon Rothstein, Johnson will also visit Creighton, Louisville and Arizona.

Mack (6-6, 218), a three-star recruit in the 2017 class, was a high school teammate of UM freshman forward Deng Gak at Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. A Las Vegas native, he redshirted last year.

McGusty (6-5, 191), who visited Miami last weekend, narrowed his choices to UM, Virginia Tech and Houston. The Katy, Texas native averaged 8.0 points in 18.5 minutes last year as a sophomore. He would sit this season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

If Miami landed all three players and Huell returned, next year’s active backcourt would have ballhandling guards Lykes (sophomore) and Johnson (senior), shooter-scorer Wilson (sophomore) and shooter Vasiljevic (junior). The forward unit would include big wing Anthony Lawrence Jr. (senior), stretch fours Sam Waardenburg (sophomore) and Gak (redshirt freshman), and big men Huell (junior), Rodney Miller (junior) and Ebuka Izundu (senior).

Including McGusty (an eligible junior in 2019-20) and Mack (sophomore that season), Miami would have 12 scholarship players, and could add an eligible transfer or prep player to round out the roster.

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Recruiting: Blue-chip LB Anthony Solomon commits to Miami Hurricanes

Anthony Solomon posted the following images on Twitter after announcing his college decision. (Twitter)

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One of Miami’s major goals in recruiting: rebuild its linebacker unit.

Anthony Solomon should help them do so.

Solomon, a four-star recruit from Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas, announced his commitment to UM on Wednesday.

Listed by Rivals at 6-foot and 200 pounds, Solomon is the No. 6 inside linebacker (No. 155 overall) in Rivals’ rankings. He is No. 12 among outside linebackers (No. 175 overall) according to 247Sports. ESPN rates him No. 115 overall and No. 11 among outside linebackers. He is a consensus four-star recruit.

Rivals called him a “hyper-athletic linebacker that shines in coverage and possesses impressive ball skills. Should he maintain his versatility as he packs on muscle, his ceiling is incredibly high.”

Solomon picked UM over Michigan, and also had offers from multiple other programs including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Georgia.

Miami, which signed four-star prospect Patrick Joyner for 2018, also has three-star linebackers Jesiah Pierre (6-2, 220) and Samuel Brooks (6-1, 195) in its 11-member 2019 class, which is rated No. 2 nationally by 247Sports.

UM needs new blood with starters Shaq Quarterman, Michael Pinckney and Zach McCloud entering their junior seasons. All will be eligible to turn pro afterward. No guarantee they will, but the potential exists. Backups Mike Smith and Charles Perry are seniors, and UM lost reserves Jamie Gordinier (retired because of injury) and Darrion Owens (transfer).

Miami is hopeful its 2017 class — sophomores De’Andre Wilder, Bradley Jennings and Waynmon Steed — can emerge as starter-caliber players by the end of this season. Solomon, along with Joyner and the other 2019 commits, represent the next wave.

See Solomon’s highlight tape here:

Recruiting: Miami Hurricanes get four football commitments; one basketball transfer to visit

A general view of a helmet at Miami practice at Greentree Fields, Aug. 2016. (Miami Herald)
A general view of a helmet at Miami practice at Greentree Fields, Aug. 2016. (Miami Herald)

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It was a busy weekend for Miami recruiting, though none of the players interested in UM will make an impact next season.

The Hurricanes added four prep underclassman football recruits and secured a visit from a basketball transfer who will sit a year before suiting up.

Two of the football players are from the class of 2020: Henry Gray (6-foot-1, 180 pounds), a cornerback from Miami Central High, and Naples tight end Dominic Mammarelli (6-4, 220). Both are rated four stars by 247Sports. They join UM’s nine-player 2020 class, which is headlined by five-star wideout Leonard Manuel (Ocala).

Miami also picked up its first pair of 2021 commits, both of them unranked: Miami-Monsignor Pace safety James Williams (6-3, 200) and Miami Central offensive guard Laurence Seymore (6-1, 270). Canesport and 247Sports were first on the commitment news.

On the court, Oklahoma transfer guard Kameron McGusty (6-5, 190) will visit Coral Gables this weekend, a program source confirmed.

McGusty, who according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein is also considering Virginia Tech and Houston, will have two years of eligibility after sitting out this season. He was ESPN’s 46th-ranked player in the 2016 signing class and the 10th-ranked shooting guard. Ceding playing time to lottery-bound freshman Trae Young last year, McGusty averaged 8.0 points, down from 14.4 as a freshman.

 

Recruiting: OLB Diamante Howard decommits from Miami Hurricanes

Diamante Howard (247Sports)
Diamante Howard (247Sports)

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A longtime Miami commit has backed off his pledge.

Diamante Howard, a Class of 2019 outside linebacker at Miami Southridge High, announced on Twitter he is no longer a member of Miami’s upcoming recruiting class.

Diehards reported Miami had “cooled” in the last year on Howard, who committed in 2016. According to Diehards, Howard (6-foot-2, 178 pound) “never filled out physically in the manner Miami hoped and schools have begun to look at the linebacker as a prospect in the secondary.”

According to 247Sports, Howard is a three-star recruit and the 590th-best player nationally.  He also happens to be the cousin of the late Sean Taylor, the beloved UM Sports Hall of Famer.

UM’s 2019 class, which is ranks second nationally per 247, includes 11 commits. Two of them are three-star linebackers: Jesiah Pierre (6-2, 220, from Mount Dora Christian) and Samuel Brooks (6-1, 195, from Miami Northwestern).

Howard told Diehards that he is now interested in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and UCF.

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Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman S Gurvan Hall

Gurvan Hall runs hurdles at Palm Beach Lakes High in West Palm Beach, Florida on April 24, 2017. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

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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. (See previous posts below.)

Next up: Gurvan Hall, a hard-hitter from Palm Beach Gardens High (via Palm Beach Lakes):

GURVAN HALL

Hall

Gould’s grade: 8

Scouting report: “Undersized safety at 5-11 with a good build. Good athlete who excels in small areas and when coming downhill. Solid speed and rangy as a deep safety. Can do some damage with the ball in his hands. Hits offensive players with a purpose. Even with the hurt he puts on ballcarriers still wraps up consistently. Has an issue leaving his feet early and whiffing on runners. Is either making the tackle or is in close proximity chasing down the play from across the field. Hustle is on another level. Change-of-direction is an issue in man coverage. Angles coming downhill are hit or miss and he needs to improve ability to navigate traffic. Played mostly as a middle-of-field safety and some wide reciever in high school. Under Armour All-American. Early enrollee. Boundary safety who should produce highlight after highlight in single high coverage and coming downhill on running backs.”

More Hall

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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

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