After signing the No. 9 recruiting class in the nation in 2018, Mark Richt and the Miami Hurricanes knew they’d have a lot to be excited about heading into spring and summer with an influx of talent on its way.
A total of 10 of their 23 overall commitments enrolled early in hopes of taking advantage of an extra spring to work on developing their bodies and learning the playbook. But it was defensive end Greg Rousseau and wide receiver Brian Hightower who stood out most, potentially of any players regardless of class, to Richt.
The Miami coach made an appearance on WQAM in Miami on Monday morning and was asked who the most pleasant surprise of spring was and he didn’t hesitate long before naming Rousseau, who had seven sacks combined in Miami’s two scrimmages. Shortly after, he singled out Hightower, as well.
“You saw him make plays as a receiver,” Richt said according to Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post. “But he’s potentially a great blocker, and he already pretty — he probably was the best blocking receiver of the spring, if I had to vote for that.”
Both players are still in the early stages of their development, but it appears they’ve done enough in the spring to warrant an extended look for game action in the summer and fall.