Miami recruiting: Damarius Good adds intriguing athlete to 2019 class
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ATH Damarius Good commits to Miami as cornerback
For 3 minutes and 23 seconds, Damarius Good makes impressive plays on the highlight reel from his junior season. A crunching block here. A slithering sprint down the sideline there. For more than 3 minutes, Good puts together a worthwhile showcase for the triple option run at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
That film wasn’t enough to get the offers pouring in, though. It took coaches seeing the 3-star athlete in person to become intrigued.
Ephraim Banda was one of those who made the trip to Central Florida this spring to watch the under-the-radar prospect practice in the secondary. On May 11, the safeties coach extended an offer to the 6-foot, 183-pound senior. On Wednesday, Good took his first visit to Coral Gables, Fla., and by the end of the day he was the latest member of Miami’s Class of 2019.
— DG2 (@DamariusGood) May 31, 2018
Good becomes the 12th member of the Hurricanes’ 2019 class and probably the most intriguing. Unranked by any of the recruiting sites until this week — and 247Sports.com is the only site currently ranking him — Good didn’t play a single snap in the secondary in the fall. Instead, he lined up as a running back and quarterback in Lake Brantley’s triple-option offense.
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He didn’t do much work at the position this spring, either. He reached the Florida High School Athletic Association track and field championships in four events, meaning he had about two weeks of spring practices. He spent almost the entire time working with the offense to get ready for the Patriots spring game.
Still, it doesn’t surprise Lake Brantley coach David Delfiacco to see a big-time program like Miami find Good intriguing as a defensive back. Good played a bit in the secondary as a sophomore at Colonial High School in Orlando and is just as renowned for his physicality as he is his speed with the Patriots. Schools have mentioned to Delfiacco the possibility of Good playing running back, wide receiver or defensive back.
“That’s the benefit of getting the kid,” Delfiacco told DieHards on Thursday, “you’ve got three options you can use him at.”
For the Hurricanes, Good will likely begin his career as a cornerback. This fall, the under-the-radar senior will start at both halfback and free safety for Lake Brantley. The Patriots want to use his speed to cover up the back end as much as possible, but his physicality and speed are tantalizing at corner.
“Coach Banda, he’s recruiting him as a corner,” Delfiacco said. “Like I said, I think he could play corner; I think he could play safety. He’s got a lot of options.”
If Good in fact winds up at cornerback, he’ll be the first in Miami’s 2019 class. The Hurricanes still need help at the position with both starters potentially leaving after this season, but Good is a worthwhile project to pair with a more established prospect or two.
Two of those top options are 4-star in-state cornerbacks Tyrique Stevenson and Jaden Davis, although both have a long list of schools under consideration. Miami Southridge High School’s Stevenson, who primarily plays safety, is also high on Alabama, Georgia, Auburn and Florida, to which he was once committed. Davis, who plays at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, is also high on the Gators and about half a dozen other schools.
The Hurricanes also like Mark-Antony Richards as a defensive back. While the 4-star athlete would like to play running back at the next level, Richards will also play cornerback for Wellington (Fla.) High School this year.
Other prospects in play include 3-star in-state cornerbacks John Dixon and Jarvis Brownlee. Dixon, who plays at George D. Chamberlain High School in Tampa, has Miami in his top 5 along with Alabama, South Carolina, Ohio State and Penn State. The Hurricanes offered Brownlee, who attends Miami Carol City Senior High School in Miami Gardens, on Tuesday. The defensive back immediately placed the Hurricanes atop his list, ahead of smaller programs like Toledo.
Good seems unlikely to get much of a shot as a back in this class. Miami already holds one commitment from 3-star running back Marcus Crowley. It also appears to be the front-runner for 4-star running back Kenny McIntosh. The Hurricanes are still in the mix for 5-star running back Trey Sanders and have 4-star running back Daniel Carter lingering as an option. Richards could be an option at running back, too. Miami is banking on 4-star dual-threat quarterback Michael Johnson Jr. as its quarterback this cycle.
Miami offers another elite Georgia prospect
The Hurricanes haven’t just used their Georgia connections to recruit defensive linemen this spring. On Thursday, Miami extended another offer to a Peach State prospect, this time to Tank Bigsby, a 4-star athlete in the Class of 2020.
I’m truly blessed to receive an offer from Miami hurricanes 😈 pic.twitter.com/2Q93oJQeV7
— 4 (@Tank5_21) May 31, 2018
The 6-1, 181-pound junior from Callaway High School in Hogansville checks in at No. 58 in the 247Sports rankings for 2020. The Bulldogs are the early front-runner for Bigsby, who plays running back and strong safety.
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