2021 Early Signing Day Survey Results

2021 Early Signing Day Survey Results

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We did a survey last week at the end of the early signing period to get an idea of what the fans thought about the class (so far). We know that the numbers on these types of things will always shade towards the positive, especially in a stronger class like this, but still it's interesting to look at the results.


How would you rate the class so far?
Winner: 9/10 (43.7%)
The great majority of the fans are very happy with the class, with 84% of responders choosing 8 or 9. No one voted less than a 6, which is surprising because it was an open twitter and message board vote and those are an easy troll target.

Forms response chart. Question title: How would you rate the class so far?. Number of responses: 263 responses.



Who is the BEST recruit in the 2021 Class?
Winner: Leonard Taylor (57.2%)
2nd place: James Williams (33.1%)

LT won big, but it was really a story of two, with those guys taking over 90% of the vote. The next highest total was only 6 votes for Jake Garcia, so it tells you how positive fans are about those two defensive studs.

Forms response chart. Question title: Who is the BEST recruit in the 2021 Class?. Number of responses: 269 responses.



Who is the most UNDERRATED recruit in the class?
Winner: Chase Smith (17.4%)
Chase won those vote with a handful of others (Troutman, Brashard, and Malik Curtis rounded out the top 4) getting around 10%. Chase's unique skillset and low key recruitment played a big factor.

Forms response chart. Question title: Who is the most UNDERRATED recruit in the class?. Number of responses: 265 responses.



Who is your PERSONAL FAVORITE recruit in the class?
Winner: James Williams (31.25)
People love James Williams, and it's no surprise if you remember the way that the fans reacted after he first committed.

Forms response chart. Question title: Who is your PERSONAL FAVORITE recruit in the class?. Number of responses: 266 responses.



What members of the class will be starting (or a consistently contributing backup, like Chaney/Flagg this year) by the end of the 2021 season?
Taylor, Williams, and Andres are the top vote getters here, and there's still some love for the receivers and Malik. No doubt Andres is the man now, and the others are definitely going to get a lot of PT.

Forms response chart. Question title: What members of the class will be starting (or a consistently contributing backup, like Chaney/Flagg this year) by the end of the 2021 season?. Number of responses: 267 responses.



What members of the class will be FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS when they elect to go to the NFL?
Taylor and Williams are the stars of the show again, with fans showing a ton of confidence in their ability to star at the college level before making the jump.

Forms response chart. Question title: What members of the class will be FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS when they elect to go to the NFL?. Number of responses: 261 responses.



Who was the biggest BIG FISH MISS of the class?
Winner: Jason Marshall (77.2%)
The biggest surprise is that more people didn't vote for Marshall.

Forms response chart. Question title: Who was the biggest BIG FISH MISS of the class?. Number of responses: 268 responses.



Who was the biggest smaller fish miss (or mistake in not going after) of the class?
Winner: Ja'den McBurrows (32.2%)
The two corners took the top spots here, too, as you see the theme developing here. Payton and Barber were other late interests that popped up here.

Forms response chart. Question title: Who was the biggest smaller fish miss (or mistake in not going after) of the class?. Number of responses: 267 responses.



What position group do we need to address the most before February signing period?
Winner: Cornerback (97.8%)
262 out of 268 votes... Yep.

Forms response chart. Question title: What position group do we need to address the most before February signing period?. Number of responses: 268 responses.



OK, now that you voted for CB in the previous question, what OTHER position do we need to address for the February signing period?
Winner: Linebacker (50.4%)
Hopefully the desire for fans to add another LB gets answered with some good news in a few days. OT and DE finished 2nd and 3rd, correlating with the Payton/Barber decisions.

Forms response chart. Question title: OK, now that you voted for CB in the previous question, what OTHER position do we need to address for the February signing period?. Number of responses: 266 responses.



In your opinion, what assistant coach is our best recruiter?
Winner: Ephraim Banda (44%)
We'll see what happens over the next few days, but Banda has definitely a split in positivity among the fanbase. Stephen Field finished second while working all over the place for the recruiting efforts.

Forms response chart. Question title: In your opinion, what assistant coach is our best recruiter?. Number of responses: 266 responses.



Player Prognostication: QB Jake Garcia
Winner: All Conference (61.8%)
Lot of positivity about Jake's future after his whirlwind recruitment. If he's an All ACC QB, we're in great shape for the future.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: QB Jake Garcia. Number of responses: 267 responses.



Player Prognostication: RB Thad Franklin
Winner: All Conference (45.5%)
Big split between those who think he'll get those major honors as a collegiate or just be a quality starter. He'll definitely have a big role here for his time as a Cane.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: RB Thad Franklin. Number of responses: 266 responses.



Player Prognostication: WR Romello Brinson
Winner: All Conference (54.5%)
We're seeing a trend of optimism here. Also, Mello's 22.6% of people who think he can hit AA status is top 5 in the class.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: WR Romello Brinson. Number of responses: 266 responses.



Player Prognostication: WR Brashard Smith
Winner: All Conference (60.2%)
Less people voted for him as a future AA, but over 80% think he'll at least be All Conference, which says a lot (higher % than even Romello).

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: WR Brashard Smith. Number of responses: 266 responses.



Player Prognostication: WR Jacolby George
Winner: Starter (54.5%)
Most people anticipate George being a late career starter at UM, but he'll no doubt have an opportunity to play alongside his classmates with their complementary skillsets.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: WR Jacolby George. Number of responses: 266 responses.



Player Prognostication: TE Elijah Arroyo
Winner: All Conference (40.6%)
Arroyo's 76% of All Conference/American voting may even be underrating his skillset.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: TE Elijah Arroyo. Number of responses: 266 responses.



Player Prognostication: TE Kahlil Brantley
Winner: Starter (49.1%)
With how we use TEs, it's no doubt a guy like Brantley will have a chance to get on the field and compete in different spots for the Canes (like Herndon did with Njoku around).

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: TE Kahlil Brantley. Number of responses: 265 responses.



Player Prognostication: OT Michael McLaughlin
Winner: Starter (55.5%)
Miami building Tackle depth? What is this sorcery? McLaughlin is definitely a guy who will continue to grow and develop. Having a pro body type is a huge positive for us.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: OT Michael McLaughlin. Number of responses: 263 responses.



Player Prognostication: OG Laurence Seymore
Winner: All Conference (62.1%)
Big Baby has been locked in for so long, it's easy to forget how good he is. The 73% All ACC/AA voting says a lot about that.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: OG Laurence Seymore. Number of responses: 264 responses.



Player Prognostication: OC Ryan Rodriguez
Winner: Starter (48.7%)
Rodriguez has the old school Cane center profile perfectly. Hard to say when his time will come, but he looks like a future starter/leader inside.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: OC Ryan Rodriguez. Number of responses: 265 responses.



Player Prognostication: DE Jabari Ishmael
Winner: Starter (51.5%)
Ishmael fits that Joe Jackson role really well, but it might take some time for him to grow into his body.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: DE Jabari Ishmael. Number of responses: 264 responses.



Player Prognostication: DE/LB Thomas Davis
Winner: Starter (51.3%)
Maybe the biggest question would be where exactly he fits in on the defense. His versatility may lead to a Trent Harris-like career.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: DE/LB Thomas Davis. Number of responses: 263 responses.



Player Prognostication: DT Leonard Taylor
Winner: All American (88.2%)
People seem to like him. 99.7% think he'll be at least an all conference player.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: DT Leonard Taylor. Number of responses: 262 responses.



Player Prognostication: DT Allan Haye
Winner: Starter (49.4%)
Coming in with a guy like Taylor is a lot of pressure, but he'll have a chance to play in a quality young DT unit.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: DT Allan Haye. Number of responses: 261 responses.



Player Prognostication: LB Deshawn Troutman
Winner: Starter (49.4%)
I wouldn't vote against this kid carving out a role sooner than later. Plays with great instincts and attitude that we need.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: LB Deshawn Troutman. Number of responses: 261 responses.



Player Prognostication: LB Tyler Johnson
Winner: Starter (51.2%)
The quietest recruitment in history leads some to underrate Tyler, but some think he's one of the pillars of the D class.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: LB Tyler Johnson. Number of responses: 260 responses.



Player Prognostication: STR Chase Smith
Winner: All Conference (44.2%)
A pretty diverse vote for Chase because of how hard it is to exactly predict where he'll fit into the defense. Kid is a potential star in the making.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: STR Chase Smith. Number of responses: 260 responses.



Player Prognostication: CB/KR/PR/WR Malik Curtis
Winner: Starter (40.8%)
If it was just "as a returner," I'm guessing that the numbers would shade higher for receiving honors. He seems like a natural for that spot.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: CB/KR/PR/WR Malik Curtis. Number of responses: 260 responses.



Player Prognostication: S James Williams
Winner: All American (82.8%)
Slightly less hype than Taylor, but the sky is the limit for who will no doubt be one of our long term defensive leaders.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: S James Williams. Number of responses: 261 responses.



Player Prognostication: S Kamren Kinchens
Winner: All Conference (62.8%)
Kinchens should be the top notch centerfielder we've been missing for a few years now.

Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: S Kamren Kinchens. Number of responses: 261 responses.



Player Prognostication: K Andres Borregales
Winner: All American (50.8%)
His brother was just named a first team All American, but no pressure.


Forms response chart. Question title: Player Prognostication: K Andres Borregales. Number of responses: 260 responses.


We received 270 total votes from both CIS and Twitter, so thanks to all who contributed!
 

Comments (9)

I’m surprised by how few votes Brantley got on the “favorite recruit” question. I get that he wasn’t the biggest fish but dude was the true ambassador of the class.
 
I’m surprised by how few votes Brantley got on the “favorite recruit” question. I get that he wasn’t the biggest fish but dude was the true ambassador of the class.

He got my vote.
 
How much does Mark Pope weight over or under 125 lbs should have been a bonus question. Other then that great work.
 
With T-Rob now here gonna be exciting to see what he can do with James Williams, although I see him better suited as an OLB IMO. I really think outside the 5 stars: kinchens, chase, brashard, curtis, arroyo, and davis are gonna be ballers. Absolutely loved all those players on film.
 

2021 Commits

S
6'5"
220
Fort Lauderdale, FL
DT
6'4"
265
Miami, FL
OG
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295
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190
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210
Frisco, TX
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190
Melbourne, FL
S
5'11"
200
Miami, FL

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