In this installment of the Recruit Notebook, we meet a jumbo athlete who can develop into a weapon at multiple positions: DE/ATH Gregory Rousseau.
With a stable of top-tier talent along the DLine, the Miami Hurricanes looked for more players to keep the depth and talent at a high level. In the local South Florida area, there were ffew players with the combination of size, athleticism, and potential to rival Hiahleah (FL) Champagnat Catholic DE Gregory Rousseau.
At 6’6” 225lbs, Rousseau is tall with great length, but a bit thin for the DE position. In high school, Rousseau was seen playing all over the field for Champagnat, logging snaps at WR, TE, DE, OLB, and S — his primary position until his senior year.
A player of Rousseau’s size with his speed and quickness is rare, and that is the main thing that attracted Miami to the lengthy future pass rusher. Rousseau performed well at several camps, including a camp on Miami’s campus, and that performance working at DE is what really made Miami pursue the talented athlete.
Rousseau is one of the leading players for Champagnat, and helped the Lions to back-to-back 2A championship game appearances, and a 2017 2A State Championship. Whether at WR or DE, Rousseau was a player that always had to be accounted for by the opposition.
Rousseau committed to Miami in April 2017, and wasn’t really heard from again on the recruiting trail. Usually, other teams from around the country would try to get involved with a jumbo athlete with the unlimited potential that Rousseau possesses. But, luckily for Miami, the Canes were able to lock down one of the most talented and lengthy athletes available in the 2018 recruiting class, and the dividends from that will pay off huge in the years to come.
On the 247sports composite, Rousseau is a 3-star prospect, the #25 Weakside DE in this class, #81 in the State of Florida, and #465 recruit overall.
Frierson committed to Miami over Georgia and Kentucky out of a list of 16 scholarship offers.
Rousseau as a player
As stated above, Rousseau’s best traits are his height, length, and athleticism. Those things play well at any position, and Miami will face the enviable task of trying to find the spot where they can most effectively maximize Rousseau’s athletic talents.
To this point of his football career, Rousseau has been a “Jack of all trades, but master of none”. Having played WR, TE, OLB, DE, and S in HS, Rousseau has experience on both sides of the ball, and in multiple positions to boot. From the outside, the speaks to his ability to learn the playbook to execute his job in many areas, which should be a positive moving forward.
At 6’6” 225lbs, Rousseau will undoubtedly need to add weight and strength to his tall, lanky frame. With Miami recruiting him at DE, Rousseau will be going up against much bigger, stronger players on an every-down basis, so physical development will be one of the keys to his future success.
On the contrary to his experience with multiple positions, Rousseau has limited experience at DE. His technique in every area will need to be developed before he’s able to turn potential into production.
- Physical development
- Rush moves
Rousseau has the physical traits and athleticism to eventually develop into an impactful edge rusher for the Canes. But, due to his relative lack of experience at DE, and his need to gain weight and strength, I think we’re at least a year away from seeing Rousseau play meaningful snaps.
Chances for a redshirt: 9/10
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That’s it for this installment of the Recruit Notebook.