The 2018 Miami Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Miami Recruiting Class Overview
Miami has turned into a hot program again, Mark Richt is starting to hit his stride, and last year’s big season is translating into a massive class of talent as good as just about any in college football.
The quarterback situation will heat up this offseason with Jarren Williams signing on after the Atlanta native spurned Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, and all the other big boys to potentially take over early on.
He’s got the talented receiver prospects to work with, starting with Mark Pope – a rail-thin 6-1, 160-pounder with next-level skills – and Brevin Jordan, a brilliant tight end prospect out of Las Vegas.
Throw in superstar get Lorenzo Lingard at running back, and with a few nice linemen coming in, and the offensive talent should be special.
The Canes are relatively set at linebacker for a little while, but the D line is getting a little help – especially at tackle with Nesta Silvera staying close to home – and …
The Miami Class Is Heavy On …
There might be a little more talent coming in at receiver, but the defensive backs in the class are very deep, and very good.
They’re going to play a role early on – Richt isn’t afraid to play freshmen.
Keeping the family name going at the school, Al Blades is a difference-maker at corner who was all bit in all along, but still got a push from the Alabamas and Georgias of the world.
6-2, 185-pound Gilbert Frierson is a Coral Gables native who’ll end up starting at one safety spot in the near future, and Gurvan Hall from West Palm is a versatile athlete who can see time anywhere in the secondary.
The Star of the Miami Class Is …
RB/WR Lorenzo Linguard, 6-0, 195
Or it’s Mark Pope, or it’s Jarren Williams, or it’s offensive tackle Delone Scaife – there’s a lot to like about the class.
Lingard, though, should be the standout of the bunch, either as a running back, a receiver, or a do-it-all playmaker out of the backfield. He’s a smooth route runner who needs to get the ball in his hands in a variety of ways, and he might just be a part of a rotation at some spot on Day One.
The Miami Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
There aren’t a lot of gaping holes to fill on either side, but PK Michael Badgley needs to be replaced, DE Chad Thomas will be missed, and a better quarterback option needs to emerge if Malik Rosier isn’t better.
However, KC McDermott at tackle and Trevor Darling at guard have to be replaced on the left side of the O line. It was a good line last year, but it needs to be stronger overall, and several of the young prospects who served as the key backups last year have to step up. This class won’t play a big role right away.