Less than a month ago, Damarius Good was a virtual unknown on the national recruiting scene. On Wednesday, the 3-star athlete committed to Miami.
Good, who was unranked by all the major recruiting services until this week, spent Wednesday on an unofficial visit in Coral Gables, Fla., and committed to the in-state program before the day was done.
Good announced his decision on Twitter late Wednesday.
— DG2 (@DamariusGood) May 31, 2018
Good, whose 3-star grade comes from 247Sports.com, has seen his stock take off this spring. The 6-foot, 183-pound senior picked up his first offer in April and now sits in the double digits. While the Hurricanes were the biggest team to offer, Good also picked up offers from Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Florida Atlantic, Central Florida, South Florida and Florida International. Miami — and most schools — envision Good as a defensive back despite most of his experience at Lake Brantley High School (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) coming as a quarterback and running back.
The back’s most tantalizing asset is his speed. Good reached the Florida High School Athletic Association championships in track and field, and set a personal record of 10.63 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
Good remains unranked in the 247Sports composite rankings in part because he’s such an unknown commodity at his likely position. He was an excellent offensive player in his junior season, though. In eight games, Good ran for 374 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 2-point conversion on 43 carries. He also logged 2 receptions for 11 yards, although he did lose 3 fumbles.
If Good indeed winds up in the secondary, he’s the second defensive back in the Hurricanes’ Class of 2019. Miami already holds one commitment from 4-star safety Keontra Smith. If he sticks on offense, Good would be the second back in the class, joining 3-star running back Marcus Crowley.
The senior’s commitment means the defensive backs board is starting to take shape. The Hurricanes may need to replace all four starting defensive backs after the 2018 season. While Good is a bit of a project, he provides high-upside depth to a class which needs it as Miami targets high-profile prospects like 4-star cornerbacks Tyrique Stevenson and Jaden Davis, and 4-star safeties Josh Sanguinetti and Jordan Battle.