Miami, Fla.--A talented four-star linebacker from Carol City High, athletic defender Deandre Wilder took his first look at Auburn on Saturday and definitely liked what he saw and heard from the Tigers. At 6-2, 200, Wilder is a player that is expected to play outside linebacker on the next level and that’s a position that he said Auburn talked to him about playing in their scheme.
With Coach Kevin Steele telling him he would be in the “money” backer position for the Tigers, an outside spot that can rush the passer and also play in space, Wilder said he really enjoyed getting to know the staff better. That meant a lot of time spent with Coach Travis Williams, who made a big impact.
“It went great,” Wilder said. “It was really the school and coaches (of what stood out to him).
“They are great coaches,” he added. “They told me about how it's family first and football second.”
Taking the trip along with his father, who lives in Atlanta, Wilder said for him it was a chance to see one of the schools that he’s considering in his top group. After seeing Auburn in person he said there’s no doubt in his mind that the Tigers will be there at the end for him.
“I'm going to list them as one of my top five,” Wilder said of his top five group that he plans to release later this summer.
Adding that he plans to take an official visit to Auburn as well, Wilder noted that he hopes to be back on the Plains in July to take a second look at the Tigers. With plans to make a final decision in November and working towards an early graduation, Wilder said he hopes to major in either sports management or business administration in college.
Having already visited Alabama and Mississippi State recently, Wilder said he has some random visits coming up the rest of the summer in addition to his plans to be back at Auburn.