April 10th, 2016
11.) Shaquille Quarterman, Early Enrollee, Miami, FL, ILB, 6’1” 235-pounds
Quarterman was a consensus 4- star recruit in 2015. He shined in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl where he racked up 6 tackles. Shaquille is also an early enrollee (along with two other freshman linebackers that will appear on this list later) that has been making a splash. All reports from Miami’s spring practices suggest that he will open the season as the starting middle linebacker for head coach Mark Richt’s new look, “more straight forward” Hurricanes’ defense. Teammates have raved about the level of focus that the young linebacker from Oakleaf High has brought to Coral GableS. Richt and the rest of the staff glow when discussing Quarterman, praising the young line backer for seeming far more advanced than an incoming true freshman. Not bad for a kid that has yet to take a college final exam.
If you watch Quarterman’s film, you will understand what all the hype is about. The first thing that jumps out at the viewer is how he envelops ball carriers, rarely do they gain any positive yardage once contact is made. Second, while he is a thumper, he plays the pass adequately and has good. I’m not saying he has good hands, he doesn’t, but he covers well and plays the ball in the air at an advanced level for a middle linebacker. While he certainly excels at playing downhill, his coverage skills make him a complete player. The excitement he has generated among the Miami coaching staff, players, and fans is for good reason. Look for Quarterman to be a staple in the middle of Miami’s defense for the next three to four years.