Miami Hurricanes defensive end Gregory Rousseau might have barely been ranked inside the top 500 prospects in the 247Sports composite rankings for the Class of 2018, but Mark Richt thinks that the recruiting services (and college recruiters) everywhere may have missed something.
Rousseau enrolled early and has generated plenty of buzz throughout spring football practice. However, he may have taken things to an entirely new level after an absolutely dominant performance on Saturday.
The should-be high school senior who is now a true freshman at Miami instead recorded 7 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks in Miami’s first scrimmage of the season. Afterward, Richt couldn’t really help himself.
“We think we stole one,” Richt said according to Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post. “He’s tall, he’s got long arms, he’s athletic, he’s coachable, he’s teachable.”
Obviously it was only a spring scrimmage and the field was actually condensed because of ongoing construction projects (they played on about a 40-yard stretch of grass) which gave the defense an advantage, but Rousseau’s performance really only seems to validate the growing excitement surrounding him all spring.
The flip side was that Rousseau was so good that he exposed problems along the Miami offensive front. So the Hurricanes are still a little bit discouraged by what they saw on Saturday, but Rousseau certainly did a lot to help his chances of getting regular playing time in 2018.