Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman CB DJ Ivey

In this image posted to D.J. Ivey's Twitter account, Ivey (left) poses with Mark Richt at Miami's camp last week.
In this image posted to D.J. Ivey’s Twitter account, Ivey (left) poses with Mark Richt at Miami’s camp in 2016.

[Gerald Willis is back. ‘That’s good‘]
[Get ready for an intense spring football QB battle]
[Richards hungry to win in 2018]
[Spring schedule | Counting UM’s scholarships]

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

Gould is a Dallas-based data analyst who has been charting UM games for four years and reviewing signing classes for the last six. His evaluations are mostly based on reviews of high school highlight films, which are readily available on sites like Hudl and YouTube. He grades players on a 10-to-5 scale, rating their current skills and projecting their potential:

10: five-star caliber now, eventual All-American and immediate impact player.
9: upper-tier four-star, All-ACC caliber.
8: mid-tier four-star, impactful multi-year starter without as high a ceiling.
7: lower four-star, solid starter but not someone to build around.
6: high three-star, a role player with physical limitations that prevent a full-time starting job.
5: mid-tier three-star, likely a project or a special-teamer.
Below 5: Not a scholarship-level player at Miami.

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

Next up: D.J. Ivey, part of Miami’s reloading efforts at cornerback:

DJ IVEY

Ivey

Gould’s grade: 7

Scouting report: “Ideal length and a lean 6-1. Good athlete and can run downfield with most players. Quick with light feet. Makes man coverage on vertical routes look easy. Uses the sideline to his advantage to choke off receivers. Disruptive at the catch point. Locates the ball well in off coverage. Puts in the work as a tackler. Smooth transitions when he’s under control but can get sloppy when trying to recover. Needs to make more contact at the line and not let receivers get inside him. Obviously has the aptitude for coverage but technique is fairly raw. Longtime commit. Teammate of Patrick Joyner (at Homestead-South Dade High). Natural cover corner who has the length to frustrate any receiver. Best football is ahead of him.”

More Ivey

Ivey signs early with Miami
Defensive signees are fast and skilled
Commitment story, fun facts, recruiting bio

More Gould’s Grades

Early enrolleesQB Williams | RB Lingard | WR Hightower | WR Wiggins | OL Scaife | OL Campbell | DE Rousseau | DB Frierson | CB Ivey | S HallSummer arrivals: RB Davis | FB George | WR Pope | WR Ezzard | TE Jordan | TE Mallory | OL Reed | DT Silvera | DT Miller | LB Joyner | CB Blades | CB Bethel | 2017 signing class

 

2018 NCAA Tournament

[Heartbreak for Hurricanes in Dallas]
[Teammates not blaming Walker for loss]
[Loyola: Cinderella, KenPom darling]
[Lonnie Walker on his ‘pineapple’ hair]
[At NCAAs, Parkland on Miami’s mind]
[Photos, videos: the Canes do Dallas]
[A look at the state of Miami basketball]
[Loyola a trendy upset pick over UM]

Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman DB Gilbert Frierson

Gilbert Frierson (247)

[Gerald Willis is back. ‘That’s good‘]
[Get ready for an intense spring football QB battle]
[Richards hungry to win in 2018]
[Spring schedule | Counting UM’s scholarships]

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

Gould is a Dallas-based data analyst who has been charting UM games for four years and reviewing signing classes for the last six. His evaluations are mostly based on reviews of high school highlight films, which are readily available on sites like Hudl and YouTube. He grades players on a 10-to-5 scale, rating their current skills and projecting their potential:

10: five-star caliber now, eventual All-American and immediate impact player.
9: upper-tier four-star, All-ACC caliber.
8: mid-tier four-star, impactful multi-year starter without as high a ceiling.
7: lower four-star, solid starter but not someone to build around.
6: high three-star, a role player with physical limitations that prevent a full-time starting job.
5: mid-tier three-star, likely a project or a special-teamer.
Below 5: Not a scholarship-level player at Miami.

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

Next up: Gilbert Frierson, an impressive athlete who will start off at cornerback:

GILBERT FRIERSON

Frierson

Gould’s grade: 9

Scouting report: “Prototype size for a defensive back at 6-1 with long arms. Great athlete with an elite burst. Anticipates routes well and closes with disturbing quickness. Wide receiver hands. Dynamic return man. Threat to score after interceptions. Can jam smaller receivers into oblivion. Good effort as a tackler but needs to play behind his pads to be more effective. Back pedal can get a bit high and looks smoother using a shuffle technique. Urgency isn’t always there chasing the ball. Being in for spring will help him compete for a spot in the two deep that is badly in need of fresh talent. Played mostly safety in high school but has experience at corner and receiver. Stuck with Miami over Georgia. Perfect combination of range and man coverage ability to excel as field safety covering deep and inside receivers. Has upside as an outside corner as well.”

More Frierson

Defensive signees are fast and skilled
Frierson fun facts, recruiting bio
Commitment story, background

More Gould’s Grades

Early enrolleesQB Williams | RB Lingard | WR Hightower | WR Wiggins | OL Scaife | OL Campbell | DE Rousseau | DB Frierson | CB Ivey | S HallSummer arrivals: RB Davis | FB George | WR Pope | WR Ezzard | TE Jordan | TE Mallory | OL Reed | DT Silvera | DT Miller | LB Joyner | CB Blades | CB Bethel | 2017 signing class

 

2018 NCAA Tournament

[Heartbreak for Hurricanes in Dallas]
[Teammates not blaming Walker for loss]
[Loyola: Cinderella, KenPom darling]
[Lonnie Walker on his ‘pineapple’ hair]
[At NCAAs, Parkland on Miami’s mind]
[Photos, videos: the Canes do Dallas]
[A look at the state of Miami basketball]
[Loyola a trendy upset pick over UM]

Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman DE Gregory Rousseau

Gregory Rousseau (247Sports)

[Gerald Willis is back. ‘That’s good‘]
[Get ready for an intense spring football QB battle]
[Richards hungry to win in 2018]
[Spring schedule | Counting UM’s scholarships]

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

Gould is a Dallas-based data analyst who has been charting UM games for four years and reviewing signing classes for the last six. His evaluations are mostly based on reviews of high school highlight films, which are readily available on sites like Hudl and YouTube. He grades players on a 10-to-5 scale, rating their current skills and projecting their potential:

10: five-star caliber now, eventual All-American and immediate impact player.
9: upper-tier four-star, All-ACC caliber.
8: mid-tier four-star, impactful multi-year starter without as high a ceiling.
7: lower four-star, solid starter but not someone to build around.
6: high three-star, a role player with physical limitations that prevent a full-time starting job.
5: mid-tier three-star, likely a project or a special-teamer.
Below 5: Not a scholarship-level player at Miami.

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

Next up: Gregory Rousseau, a 6-foot-6 defensive end who played everywhere — safety, linebacker, defensive end and receiver — in high school:

GREGORY ROUSSEAU

Rousseau

Gould’s grade: 6

Scouting report: “Extraordinary length on a thin 6-6 frame. Very smooth athlete and moves well for a player of his height. Covers a lot of ground as an underneath zone defender. Shows good instincts with hand placement but doesn’t have much in terms of pass rush moves. Leverage can be an issue and often looks to run around blockers rather than engaging. Subpar tackler and doesn’t strike ball carriers. Played all over the field in high school, ranging from end to safety on defense, as well as wide receiver on offense. Totaled eight sacks as a senior on a state championship team (at Hialeah-Champagnat). Early enrollee who will greatly benefit from the extra time in the weight room. Athletic edge project with the ability to play in space and drop into coverage. Will need to get significantly stronger before he will be able to contribute on a
down to down basis and his ceiling will be dependent on if he can combine that strength with technique to grow as a pass rusher.”

More Rousseau

Fun facts about Miami signee Rousseau
Coaches talk early enrollees on signing day

More Gould’s Grades

Early enrolleesQB Williams | RB Lingard | WR Hightower | WR Wiggins | OL Scaife | OL Campbell | DE Rousseau | DB Frierson | CB Ivey | S HallSummer arrivals: RB Davis | FB George | WR Pope | WR Ezzard | TE Jordan | TE Mallory | OL Reed | DT Silvera | DT Miller | LB Joyner | CB Blades | CB Bethel | 2017 signing class

 

2018 NCAA Tournament

[Loyola: Cinderella, KenPom darling]
[Lonnie Walker on his ‘pineapple’ hair]
[At NCAAs, Parkland on Miami’s mind]
[Photos, videos: the Canes do Dallas]
[A look at the state of Miami basketball]
[Loyola a trendy upset pick over UM]

Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman OL John Campbell

John Campbell (left) with UM coach Mark Richt. (247Sports)
John Campbell (left) with UM coach Mark Richt during a 2016 visit to campus. (247Sports)

[Gerald Willis is back. ‘That’s good‘]
[Get ready for an intense spring football QB battle]
[Richards hungry to win in 2018]
[Spring schedule | Counting UM’s scholarships]

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

Gould is a Dallas-based data analyst who has been charting UM games for four years and reviewing signing classes for the last six. His evaluations are mostly based on reviews of high school highlight films, which are readily available on sites like Hudl and YouTube. He grades players on a 10-to-5 scale, rating their current skills and projecting their potential:

10: five-star caliber now, eventual All-American and immediate impact player.
9: upper-tier four-star, All-ACC caliber.
8: mid-tier four-star, impactful multi-year starter without as high a ceiling.
7: lower four-star, solid starter but not someone to build around.
6: high three-star, a role player with physical limitations that prevent a full-time starting job.
5: mid-tier three-star, likely a project or a special-teamer.
Below 5: Not a scholarship-level player at Miami.

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

Next up: offensive lineman John Campbell, a 6-foot-5 tackle from Orlando-Dr. Phillips High:

JOHN CAMPBELL 

Campbell

Gould’s grade: 6

Scouting report: “Nice length with a decent build. Good balance and positions himself well in pass protection. Pass-pro technique is clean with consistently good hand placement. Drives legs in the run game and is effective on down blocks when he locks on. Always looks for work and finishes plays. Good enough athlete to wall off second level defenders. Struggles to get across the face of down linemen in the run game due to a lack of quickness. Not very explosive and doesn’t make much of an impact on contact. Committed to Miami early over Florida. Won a state title as a senior. On campus for spring ball. Decent all-around tackle prospect but seems to lack the necessary physical capabilities to excel as a starter.”

More Campbell

Searels: Campbell quiet, but competes hard
Committed to UM over Florida and Alabama

More Gould’s Grades

Early enrolleesQB Williams | RB Lingard | WR Hightower | WR Wiggins | OL Scaife | OL Campbell | DE Rousseau | DB Frierson | CB Ivey | S HallSummer arrivals: RB Davis | FB George | WR Pope | WR Ezzard | TE Jordan | TE Mallory | OL Reed | DT Silvera | DT Miller | LB Joyner | CB Blades | CB Bethel | 2017 signing class

 

2018 NCAA Tournament

[Loyola: Cinderella, KenPom darling]
[Lonnie Walker on his ‘pineapple’ hair]
[At NCAAs, Parkland on Miami’s mind]
[Photos, videos: the Canes do Dallas]
[A look at the state of Miami basketball]
[Loyola a trendy upset pick over UM]

Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman OL Delone Scaife

Delone Scaife competes at a UM camp last month. (247Sports)
Delone Scaife competes at a UM camp in June 2016. (247Sports)

[Gerald Willis is back. ‘That’s good‘]
[Get ready for an intense spring football QB battle]
[Richards hungry to win in 2018]
[Spring schedule | Counting UM’s scholarships]

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

Gould is a Dallas-based data analyst who has been charting UM games for four years and reviewing signing classes for the last six. His evaluations are mostly based on reviews of high school highlight films, which are readily available on sites like Hudl and YouTube. He grades players on a 10-to-5 scale, rating their current skills and projecting their potential:

10: five-star caliber now, eventual All-American and immediate impact player.
9: upper-tier four-star, All-ACC caliber.
8: mid-tier four-star, impactful multi-year starter without as high a ceiling.
7: lower four-star, solid starter but not someone to build around.
6: high three-star, a role player with physical limitations that prevent a full-time starting job.
5: mid-tier three-star, likely a project or a special-teamer.
Below 5: Not a scholarship-level player at Miami.

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

Next up: offensive lineman Delone Scaife, a prep All-American and one of three O-linemen Miami signed this cycle:

DELONE SCAIFE

Scaife

Gould’s grade: 9

Scouting report: “Height is OK at 6-3 but has long arms and a thick build. Explosive burst forward off the snap. Smooth movements and good flexibility. Crushes on down blocks and moves players out of the hole. Climbs to the second level easily with good angles. Pulls a little high but identifies defenders well and strikes. Can absolutely stone rushers on jump sets. Not much of a punch but locks guys out when he gets his hands on them. Leverage in pass-pro isn’t great and doesn’t have the anchor to overcome the initial loss. Footwork is erratic and panicky. Trench bully who likes to get under the skin of the defense. Played all over the line in high school including defensive tackle. Teammate of signees Mark Pope and Daquris Wiggins for his senior year (at Miami Southridge). Really showed off at the Under Armour All-America Game practices. Has the chance to compete for an immediate spot if he performs well in spring practice. Mauling interior lineman who has the tools to grow as a pass blocker.”

More Scaife

Scaife signs early with Miami
Irritated opposing DL at All-American game
Expectations high for offensive early enrollees
2017: OL Scaife shines at Rivals camp 
2016: Scaife commits to UM

More Gould’s Grades

Early enrolleesQB Williams | RB Lingard | WR Hightower | WR Wiggins | OL Scaife | OL Campbell | DE Rousseau | DB Frierson | CB Ivey | S HallSummer arrivals: RB Davis | FB George | WR Pope | WR Ezzard | TE Jordan | TE Mallory | OL Reed | DT Silvera | DT Miller | LB Joyner | CB Blades | CB Bethel | 2017 signing class

 

2018 NCAA Tournament

[Loyola: Cinderella, KenPom darling]
[Lonnie Walker on his ‘pineapple’ hair]
[At NCAAs, Parkland on Miami’s mind]
[Photos, videos: the Canes do Dallas]
[A look at the state of Miami basketball]
[Loyola a trendy upset pick over UM]

Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman WR Daquris Wiggins

Dee Wiggins (247Sports)

[Gerald Willis is back. ‘That’s good‘]
[Get ready for an intense spring football QB battle]
[Richards hungry to win in 2018]
[Spring schedule | Counting UM’s scholarships]

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

Gould is a Dallas-based data analyst who has been charting UM games for four years and reviewing signing classes for the last six. His evaluations are mostly based on reviews of high school highlight films, which are readily available on sites like Hudl and YouTube. He grades players on a 10-to-5 scale, rating their current skills and projecting their potential:

10: five-star caliber now, eventual All-American and immediate impact player.
9: upper-tier four-star, All-ACC caliber.
8: mid-tier four-star, impactful multi-year starter without as high a ceiling.
7: lower four-star, solid starter but not someone to build around.
6: high three-star, a role player with physical limitations that prevent a full-time starting job.
5: mid-tier three-star, likely a project or a special-teamer.
Below 5: Not a scholarship-level player at Miami.

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

Next up: wide receiver Daquris “Dee” Wiggins, who has the length Miami wants at the X-receiver position.

DAQURIS WIGGINS

Wiggins

Gould’s grade: 8

Scouting report: “At 6-3 has the desired height and length of a perimeter receiver. Great speed and shows explosiveness out of his breaks. At his best when he can make catches on the run. Makes acrobatic catches look easy and should excel in the red zone and on back shoulder throws. Aggressive blocker who wants to bury defensive backs. Struggles to get off the line against press coverage. Subpar quickness limits his ability as an underneath and slot receiver. Underrated as a recruit because of his fairly mediocre production in high school. Has been committed to Miami since Al Golden was the head coach. Dynamic outside receiver with a ton of potential that needs to develop physically.”

More Wiggins

Wiggins signs early with Miami
Offensive boost coming for UM
Looking ahead at the 2018 WR group

2015: Wiggins commits to Golden’s Canes

More Gould’s Grades

Early enrolleesQB Williams | RB Lingard | WR Hightower | WR Wiggins | OL Scaife | OL Campbell | DE Rousseau | DB Frierson | CB Ivey | S HallSummer arrivals: RB Davis | FB George | WR Pope | WR Ezzard | TE Jordan | TE Mallory | OL Reed | DT Silvera | DT Miller | LB Joyner | CB Blades | CB Bethel | 2017 signing class

 

2018 NCAA Tournament

[Loyola: Cinderella, KenPom darling]
[Lonnie Walker on his ‘pineapple’ hair]
[At NCAAs, Parkland on Miami’s mind]
[Photos, videos: the Canes do Dallas]
[A look at the state of Miami basketball]
[Loyola a trendy upset pick over UM]

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

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

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

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

Gould is a Dallas-based data analyst who has been charting UM games for four years and reviewing signing classes for the last six. His evaluations are mostly based on reviews of high school highlight films, which are readily available on sites like Hudl and YouTube. He grades players on a 10-to-5 scale, rating their current skills and projecting their potential:

10: five-star caliber now, eventual All-American and immediate impact player.
9: upper-tier four-star, All-ACC caliber.
8: mid-tier four-star, impactful multi-year starter without as high a ceiling.
7: lower four-star, solid starter but not someone to build around.
6: high three-star, a role player with physical limitations that prevent a full-time starting job.
5: mid-tier three-star, likely a project or a special-teamer.
Below 5: Not a scholarship-level player at Miami.

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

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

BRIAN HIGHTOWER

Hightower

Gould’s grade: 7

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

More on Hightower 

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

More Gould’s Grades
Early enrolleesQB Williams | RB Lingard | WR Hightower | WR Wiggins | OL Scaife | OL Campbell | DE Rousseau | DB Frierson | CB Ivey | S HallSummer arrivals: RB Davis | FB George | WR Pope | WR Ezzard | TE Jordan | TE Mallory | OL Reed | DT Silvera | DT Miller | LB Joyner | CB Blades | CB Bethel | 2017 signing class

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

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

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

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

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

Gould is a Dallas-based data analyst who has been charting UM games for four years and reviewing signing classes for the last six. His evaluations are mostly based on reviews of high school highlight films, which are readily available on sites like Hudl and YouTube. He grades players on a 10-to-5 scale, rating their current skills and projecting their potential:

10: five-star caliber now, eventual All-American and immediate impact player.
9: upper-tier four-star, All-ACC caliber.
8: mid-tier four-star, impactful multi-year starter without as high a ceiling.
7: lower four-star, solid starter but not someone to build around.
6: high three-star, a role player with physical limitations that prevent a full-time starting job.
5: mid-tier three-star, likely a project or a special-teamer.
Below 5: Not a scholarship-level player at Miami.

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

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

LORENZO LINGARD

Lingard

Gould’s grade: 10

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

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

More Gould’s Grades

Early enrolleesQB Williams | RB Lingard | WR Hightower | WR Wiggins | OL Scaife | OL Campbell | DE Rousseau | DB Frierson | CB Ivey | S HallSummer arrivals: RB Davis | FB George | WR Pope | WR Ezzard | TE Jordan | TE Mallory | OL Reed | DT Silvera | DT Miller | LB Joyner | CB Blades | CB Bethel | 2017 signing class

 

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

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

Jarren Williams (247Sports)

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

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

Gould is a Dallas-based data analyst who has been charting UM games for four years and reviewing signing classes for the last six. His evaluations are mostly based on reviews of high school highlight films, which are readily available on sites like Hudl and YouTube. He grades players on a 10-to-5 scale, rating them now and projecting what they could be once they reach their potential:

10: five-star caliber now, eventual All-American and immediate impact player.
9: upper-tier four-star, All-ACC caliber.
8: mid-tier four-star, impactful multi-year starter without as high a ceiling.
7: lower four-star, solid starter but not someone to build around.
6: high three-star, a role player with physical limitations that prevent a full-time starting job.
5: mid-tier three-star, likely a project or a special-teamer.
Below 5: Not a scholarship-level player at Miami.

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

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

JARREN WILLIAMS

Williams

Gould’s grade: 8

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

More Williams

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

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

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Recruiting: 2019 LB Samuel Brooks commits to Miami Hurricanes

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The Hurricanes added a local linebacker to their 2019 recruiting class.

Samuel Brooks, a senior-to-be at Miami Northwestern High, committed to Miami on Saturday.

Brooks, listed at 6-2 and 195 pounds, chose UM over South Carolina, according to 247Sports.

He is the No. 55 outside linebacker in 247Sports’ rankings. ESPN and Rivals haven’t ranked him, but like 247Sports, those websites consider Brooks a three-star recruit.

Since January, he has collected offers from Arkansas, North Carolina State, Auburn, Florida, Northern Illinois and the Gamecocks.

Brooks tore the ACL and MCL in one of his knees as a junior, but UM expects a full recovery.

“When I got injured that took a lot of eyes off of me, but Miami was always there,” Brooks told InsideTheU. “Every time that I talked with them they just asked if my knee was getting better, but were never really concerned about the future. They just recruited me like everyone else. I’m ahead of schedule with the recovery and everything so they are excited.”

Miami is looking for its next wave of linebackers, with Shaq Quarterman, Michael Pinckney and Zach McCloud entering their draft-eligible junior seasons. The other linebackers in Miami’s 2019 class are three-star prospects Diamante Howard (Miami Southridge High) and Jesiah Pierre (Mount Dora Christian). UM signed one in 2018, three-star Patrick Joyner.

The Hurricanes have 12 commits in the 2019 class — more than anyone in the nation — and rank No. 1 in 247Sports’ composite ratings.

Brooks’ highlight tape: