In this installment of The Recruit Notebook, we meet one of the player Miami will look to to replenish the LB room: LB Corey Flagg Jr.
Coming into the senior season for 4 year starters Shaquille Quarterman, Michael Pinckney, and Zach McCloud, the Miami Hurricanes clearly knew they had to reload at the linebacker position in the 2020 recruiting class. Sure, there are other LBs on the roster, but getting productive players who can start here in the future was a key in this class.
One of the players Miami is looking at to bridge that gap is Houston (TX) North Shore LB Corey Flagg Jr.
Standing 5’10” 223lb, Flagg Jr. may lack ideal height for the position, but he makes up for it with quickness, physicality, and instincts. As a junior for State Champion North Shore, Flagg Jr. had a standout season with 144 tackles, 33 TFLs, 4 sacks, 4 FF, and 5 FR. That’s impactful if not dominant performance in every possible area of defense. Flagg had 65 tackles and 10 TFLs as a sophomore, so he entered his senior year with more than 200 tackles in his prep career.
Like most players, Flagg Jr.’s recruitment picked up in the spring following his junior season. He garnered the majority of his scholarship offers at this time, and started taking visits, at his school or in his home in Houston, and on the road on college campuses around the country.
Flagg Jr. took an official visit to Oklahoma State in April, and the Cowboys looked to be in the driver’s seat for his recruitment. But, Flagg Jr. didn’t commit, and Miami started to push for the talented LB. After much communication, Flagg Jr. took an official visit to Coral Gables on Flag day weekend in June. Though Flagg Jr. said he needed time to consider things after his visit, the Lone Star State native committed to Miami 2 days after returning home to Houston.
On the 247sports composite, Flagg Jr. is a 3-star prospect, the #38 ILB nationally in this class, #111 in the State of Texas, and #888 recruit overall.
Flagg Jr. committed to Miami over offers from Oklahoma State, Purdue, and Boston College from his list of 16 scholarship offers.
As a player
As stated above, Flagg Jr. is a bit shorter than you’d like at just 5’10”. But, there are plenty of LBs who have been that height and played well, so that’s something you can overcome, or work around depending on your preferred viewpoint or semantics.
At 4.96 in the 40 yard dash but 4.43 in the short shuttle, Flagg Jr. is definitely quicker than he is fast. His quickness is an asset in coming downhill to fill gaps and play the run, so that’s a bonus. But, if Flagg Jr. is put in space, if he doesn’t have a head start running, or is put up against a very shifty offensive player, things can get dicey.
Like many players at this position, Flagg Jr. is a headbussa when playing the run, but can be a fish out of water when tasked with pass coverage. It’s easy to see when watching Flagg’s film which one he likes better (it’s playing the run, by infinity).
- Tackling ability
- Run support
- Straight line speed
- Pass coverage
- Recent injury history (missed time as senior with shoulder injury)
Miami needs LBs and Flagg Jr. fits that bill. He might not challenge to start, but Flagg Jr. is a smart player and could work his way into a special teams role as a freshman, with an eye at a starting job further on in his college career.
Chances for a Redshirt: 8/10
This is largely the same as I have for Tirek Austin-Cave. But, I think Flagg Jr. is maybe a bit further from seeing the field on a consistent basis, so I have his RS probability a touch higher for 2020.
That’s it for this installment of the Recruiting Notebook.