11 Days to Miami football: Freshman LB Corey Flagg making impact

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 1:. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 1:. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Freshman linebacker Corey Flagg has a bright future with the Miami football team with at least a chance to make an impact on special teams in 2020.

In two Miami football scrimmages this month, freshman linebacker Corey Flagg has six tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Flagg was second-team all-state at North Shore High School in Houston in 2019 after returning from an injury earlier in the season. Flagg and fellow freshman LB Tirek Austin-Cave have been impressive.

Flagg has the potential to outplay his ranking as the 830th best player,35th ranked inside LB and 102nd best player in Texas in the Class of 2020. At best Flagg will be a part of the rotation at LB in 2020 and at worst he will likely contribute on special teams. Flagg is a bit undersized at 5’11 228 pounds.

The strengths Flagg brings to Miami is his ability to run sideline to sideline and his instincts for the football. Aside from his physical attributes Flagg brings an intelligent football player that has natural football instincts and especially at LB. North Shore is a successful football program and that should help Flagg at Miami.

Miami is quietly building their recruiting classes around players who have been on successful teams in high school. Flagg won a Texas State championship with North Shore. Miami LB and special teams coach Jonathan Patke spoke earlier this summer about the attributes that Flagg brings to Miami.

"“Comes from great program, understands how to play linebacker…He’s a natural inside guy, just a ball junkie.”"

Flagg and Austin-Cave showed they will not be intimidated by the older players on the Miami football roster. They each had some big hits during the Hurricanes first scrimmage earlier this month. The second starting LB spot next redshirt senior Zach McCloud is open, but it would be a surprise for Flagg or Austin-Cave to earn it.

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 “Flagg (sack) and Cave, they left their mark a few times on some big hits’ according to head coach Manny Diaz. Flagg and Austin-Cave makingn impact in their first college scrimmage is encouraging for the Miami LB corps in future. The depth Miami has at LB is far more encouraging in 2020 than it was in 2019.