Signing Day Profile: Safety Brian Balom

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2020 Miramar (FL) safety Brian Balom is officially a Miami Hurricane. Balom was the 4th signee of the day.

The 6-0, 180-pounder, is a consensus 3-star in the national rankings. According to the 247Composite, Balom is the #820 player nationally, the #57 S in the country, and the #113 player in the state of Florida.

Recruiting Story

Brian Balom did not have many big-time offers when Miami offered him this past June. After earning the Miami offer, schools like West Virginia and Indiana offered the Miramar prospect, but they were never able to gain any traction. The only real competition Miami had in this recruitment was Louisville, who was able to get Balom in on an official visit in early September. Still, Miami was the heavy favorite and he committed on September 25th of this year. Balom did not take any other visits after that point.


On film, Balom shows he is a sound tackler and someone that an offense must account for patrolling the middle of the field. Acts as a reliable last line of defense on the backend and cleans up a lot of mistakes for Miramar. A physical presence that isn’t afraid to hit and mix it up with the ball carrier. Seems to be much more adept at run support at this point in his career, but has decent ball skills.

I liked Balom much more in-person at Paradise Camp in June, where he shined against high-level competition. Balom looked quicker than he does on tape, and was all over the field, showing great range and recovery speed. Seeing him up close, it was impressive just watching him being able to get to so many passes and tip away close calls. Receivers found it very difficult to separate from him and it seems Balom’s only improving every time we see him, as he played well at the Manny Diaz Camps earlier in the summer as well. Although not a burner, he shows great acceleration to close out crossing routes over the middle and disrupt passing lanes. We don’t see a player with an overly high ceiling here, but he is certainly someone that can outperform his recruiting ranking and become an All-ACC type of talent if he proves to be a hard worker in college.

The Team

At safety, Miami will return Gurvan Hall, Amari Carter, Keontra Smith, and Bubba Bolden, who had his season cut short due to injury. The only player from the 2019 squad who will not be returning is Robert Knowles. Miami also has multiple other signees who could play safety.

Redshirt Probability: 8/10

Balom plays safety where Miami has four players returning, three of whom have played in big games. Balom will also not be arriving on campus until the summer, which always makes it harder to get on the field as a true freshman. All signs point to Balom taking a redshirt year and adjusting his mind and body to the college game and lifestyle.


Comments (2)

Let go, big boy. Welcome to the U! Glad to have you on board.
Balom and Advante Williams in HS track when corrected for head wind both ran the same 11.3--100m. Williams may be a little quicker in the 40 but Balom is bigger physically and a harder hitter.