Opening Thoughts Based on Part 1
If you missed part one please see link HERE. In a nutshell though, the top 6 were very much a "hit or miss" type of group. There were guys that have had varying impacts every year on campus like Anthony Chickillo and Phillip Dorsett. We also had guys that left little to no marks in the Miami record books like Kevin Grooms and Jalen Grimble. How is the second group of 6 from the class of 2011? Let's get started!
Denzel Perryman, Sr., #28 LB, Coral Gables Florida, ***
Perryman was very much a highly regarded recruit coming out of high school. He was only rated a three star by the popular recruiting sites but he had offers from Alabama, LSU and the other highly rated Universities. A possible reason he was rated lower than others was his height, listed at barely over 6 feet tall (he's actually closer to 5'10" but we'll move past that..).
However, since coming to Miami he's done nothing but impress. In his freshman season he progressed from coming off the bench to eventually starting the last few games. In his sophomore season he had issues staying healthy but in his junior year he impressed national critics by tallying 108 total tackles and leading the defense. Many thought he would leave for the NFL but he decided to stay and is now a nationally recognized player garnering lots of preseason awards before the 2014-2015 season.
Perryman didn't miss a beat in the 2014-2015 season. He led the team in tackles and was an unquestioned leader for the program. For the season he finished with 110 total tackles to lead the team, 9.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception. He was named a first team All ACC player; third team All American and a Butkus Award Finalist. He has a possible shot of being a first round pick in the upcoming NFL draft too. In the end, he will go down as one of the best linebackers in Miami history. Not too shabby for a former three star recruit.
Olsen Pierre, Sr., POSTGRAD, Rahway New Jersey, ***
Pierre actually graduated from high school and was an all-state player in New Jersey in 2010 but decided to head to Fork Union Military Academy (FUMA for short) to boost his grades. When at FUMA he had a banner year registering 12 sacks so Coach Golden quickly scooped him up for the class of 2011.
Since getting to campus his defensive statistics have incrementally gotten better each year. His total tackles have gone from 4 to 27 and last year he registered 33 in the trenches. Not bad for an interior lineman. Also, last season he started 12 of the 13 games so look for him to be a regular again this season as well.
I'd say Pierre has been a solid contributor to the defensive line rotation. Has he blown us away with 5-8 sack seasons? No, not by a long shot but he has come in and contributed to the defensive line rotation and looks to see even more action this coming season....
Pierre did not build on his stats from his first few seasons at Miami, unfortunately in 2014. He started every single game and finished the season with 32 total tackles 1.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. As a starter along the interior it's difficult to accrue big stat numbers when it comes to tackles and the like but Pierre was a solid rotational player for the team.
Thomas Finnie, Sr., #29 CB, Miami Florida, ***
Even though we had one impressive, lasting legacy type player in Parryman and one of his solid yet unspectacular teammates in Pierre we unfortunately have our first transfer in this recruiting class section in Thomas Finnie. Rated as a three star coming out of high school, Finnie was thought of as a really good get by the Golden regime because he was from one of the local power house programs in the area (Miami Central). However, he came with a checkered past because he had already been arrested once.
During his two years at UM he was a regular contributor in the secondary. He started the first six games of his sophomore season and was a top rotation player throughout the season. However, he couldn't stay out of trouble at Miami and after his second suspension for stealing a laptop he and the coaching staff decided it was in both parties' best interests to part ways. He has since enrolled at Bethune-Cookman and has been a contributor to their secondary. He didn't start last season but could possibly do so in his final season coming up.
There isn't much information to go on for Finnie in 2014. Based on research it looks like he played in four games throughout the season for Bethune Cookman and tallied four interceptions and one sack. A really good haul for the sample size. He is a possible late round or practice squad pick up in the upcoming NFL draft.
Rashawn Scott, Sr., #92 WR, Melbourne Florida, ***
Scott has been a really tough player to evaluate over the last 4+ seasons. In high school he was "Mr. Everything" for his team (Central Catholic) playing quarterback, wide receiver, running back and also safety while totaling 31 touchdowns his senior year. In his freshman and junior season he was injury plagued and only appeared in roughly half the contests (played in 10 of 24 games). However, in his sophomore season he was second on the team in receiving with 512 yards and also had three touchdowns.
With Miami having one of arguably the deepest stables of receivers in the nation this season Scott looks to be in the mix for ample playing time. Will he be a full time starter? It's hard to tell right now because of the great talent surrounding him. Assuming he stay healthy and out of trouble, he could be a player that could get draft consideration come April 2015.
Well, the big assumption of Scott staying healthy unfortunately did not come to pass. He got hurt in early spring practice and was lost for the season. Luckily he was able to redshirt and is now back 100% and ready to compete for playing time heading into next season. Before his injury he was a great middle to long distance threat in the passing game so look for him to try and pick up some of the routes Phillip Dorsett is leaving due to graduation.
Matt Goudis, RS Jr., #18 K, West Hills California, ***
As we start moving our way down the list I'm beginning to see guys that have started to either just break in with the team when it comes to actual in-game experience or are flatly not on the team and have made no lasting impact..
Goudis is in the category of "just starting to get game action." His redshirt freshman season he only saw mop up duty and was inserted due to injury in one case because Dalton Botts, the punter at the time, got injured. He started as the full time field goal kicker in 2013 and finished the year with solid yet unspectacular numbers: 76.5% made field goals and a long of 49.
The 2014 season could be very interesting when it comes to the Canes and their special teams unit. Goudis could very well not play, period. UM has brought in a kicker that was top 5 in the country two years ago in high school but spent a season at FUMA named Michael Badgley and they also got transfer student Justin Vogel from the University of Florida to walk on and compete at punter. Stay tuned Canes fans.
Ahhh.. Sometimes it's really satisfying to unearth little nuggets of information from the past and watch them bloom. Albeit, Badgley surpassing Goudis was on account of injury but I digress.. Goudis started off the 2014 season as the number one field goal kicker for the Canes in spring ball. However, during the previous offseason he had back surgery and had to recover. During the first few games of the 2015 season Golden could tell based on Goudis' body language in game and during warm ups that he was still smarting from the back injury. Due to the reoccurrence of the injury or it not healing properly, Golden decided to shut Goudis down and insert Badgley in his stead. Goudis finished the season abruptly going 4-6 on his field goal attempts (two games) with six converted extra points. Badgley has the "bigger leg" when compared to Goudis in kicking distance but the competition could be open assuming Goudis can come back fully healthy for the 2015 season.
Ricardo Williams, RS Jr., #102 DE, Homestead Florida
When looking at Williams' measurable I don't get it; just putting it flatly. When he came to UM he had the height (6'4") but not the weight to compete at LB/DE (210 lbs.). Due to the weight concerns he redshirted his first season on campus. In his redshirt freshman season he played in one game but did not start. Before his sophomore season he decided to transfer from Miami to Marshall. Many felt it was due to possibly playing time concerns. It could have also have been the fact that he was yet another "square peg in round hole" type of personnel choice when he was signed. Meaning he could play defensive end in a 43 but not a stand up rusher in a 34.
In the 2014 season Williams was looking to be a key cog in the defensive line for the Thunder Herd and possibly get in the starting rotation. From all accounts he's had a great attitude even though he spent all of his first season on scout team due to the NCAA transfer rules and he really wants to make his playing time count heading into the 2014-2015 season.
Williams looks like he broke into the Herd defensive line rotation but had very little success making an impact on game days. He finished his junior season with 17 total tackles, three tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries.
Final Thoughts on Section 2 of the 2011 Recruiting Class
Man... This group... What to say... Besides Denzel Perryman this group was an unmitigated disaster in 2014. Of the six players listed, one played decently (Pierre) for the Canes, one played really well in 2014 (Perryman), two got injured and finished the year on the medical table (Scott and Goudic) and two transferred (Finnie and Williams). That's horrible.
There isn't really much to add to "Part 2" but only that you hope "Part 3" will be better. Cheers to that..