On February 23, 2016, almost two year’s prior to the day he would sign his letter of intent, Gilbert Frierson committed to the Miami Hurricanes. 247 Sports had not even given him his official star-rating, but the Coral Gables product had already reeled in offers from schools like Alabama, Georgia, LSU and USC. But Frierson was a Cane from day one. Despite reports throughout the remainder of his recruitment that he was deeply interested in schools like Florida, Kentucky and Georgia, he stayed true to his commitment and never wavered.
Frierson was a consensus four-star recruit out of Coral Gables Senior High that is listed at 6’1 186 pounds. As a senior, Frierson finished with 38 solo tackles, four interceptions, three kickoff returns for touchdowns, and was the Cavaliers leading receiver on offense while averaging 41.7 yards per catch.
Coach Ephraim Banda had high praise for Frierson in an interview with the Sun-Sentinal after the early signing period.
“Gilbert’s a freak. We’re super happy to have Gilbert. Cane blood. He was born a Cane. We had to battle some teams for him. But his length, his size, his ability to cover people up, his competitive nature is something maybe you don’t see unless you watch him in practices or games”
Frierson arrived on campus in January and participated all throughout Spring practices where he brought down a couple of interceptions. All that work on Greentree allowed him to flourish in the Spring Game at Hard Rock Stadium. He came down with an interception in his first action in front of the Miami fan base. He also had a touch-sack on freshman QB Jarren Williams in the game.
It is fair to expect Frierson to see a lot of playing time come Fall with the departures of Dee Delaney and Malek Young. He fits the bill of what Mike Rumph, Manny Diaz and Banda want in a defensive back. They love the way he is able to cover in man and the aggressiveness he brings to the group. We have already seen flashes of what he is capable of and there is still three to four years for him to keep getting bigger, stronger and faster.