Coral Gables High standout defensive back Gilbert Frierson committed to the Hurricanes last February and has never wavered from it.
What to Like: At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, he has ideal size and length of a major college cornerback prospect already. Once he fills out, he'll be a good-sized cornerback to play major college football. He has long arms and should be able to physically match up against bigger receivers. His speed and athleticism is top notch. You don't see high school players being able to outrun him or outjump him and those are qualities that will help his game translate to the college level. He made several interceptions as a junior and displays good ball skills. He will also come into college as a sound tackler, a rare quality among elite defensive back prospects these days. He's also very good in the return game, and took back multiple punt returns for touchdowns as a junior last season. He's also expected to graduate high school in December so he's on track to enroll into college a semester early.
What may concern you: Frierson is being recruited to play cornerback and he doesn't have a whole lot of experience there at the prep level. He's primarily a free safety in high school and that's not always an easy transition, even for a top notch athlete like Frierson. How good will his pure cover skills be against elite receivers at the college level remains to be seen. You'd like to see him be a more physical player, too, especially for someone with his size.
Bottom Line: His size, speed, athleticism, ball skills, punt return skills, and the ability to tackle form an elite combination and those are a lot of the reasons why he's getting recruited nationally. If he's able to become a more physical player and prove that he has top notch cover skills then he has all the tools to emerge as an impact player early in his college career. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Georgia, Oklahoma, and USC were some of his other offers so he was recruited like one of the top defensive back prospects in the entire state. Even though he's remained committed to the Canes for over a year now, he has been on Florida's campus on multiple occasions since his commitment so the Gators could be hanging around in this race heading into the summer. Frierson is one of three cornerback commitments for the Hurricanes right now, joining DJ Ivey and Thomas Burns.