Chad Simmons

The Auburn Football Tigers Are Making Progress With a Four-Star LInebacker Recruit From Miami

DeAndre Wilder was among the prospects attending Auburn's football recruiting picnic.

Four-star outside linebacker Deandre Wilder made a return trip to Auburn on Saturday and came away saying the Tigers and the Miami Hurricanes are “50-50” as his leaders.

The 6-2, 193-pound senior from Carol City High in Miami said that he will be back in Auburn for an official visit when the Tigers play Clemson in the season opener.

He noted that he will also take an official visit to hometown Miami, but hasn’t set a date for that. Notre Dame, Miami and Michigan are also teams that could make his top five, the prospect said.

“I will narrow it down around like November,” he said on his college choice. “I would like to make it on TV, but I?think I will do it in November at the end of my season.”

Wilder said the Auburn coaches told him that he would be a good fit for their defense and he noted he is building a good relationship with them, especially linebacker coach Travis Williams. “He is like a daddy to me,” the prospect said.

Asked what is going to be another big factor on his choice in addition to fitting in with the coaches, the four-star recruit said, “Playing time and academics, and connecting with the coaches is real important..”

Asked what he does best as a football player, Wilder said, “I would say it is how I can run around the whole field and make plays.”

The prospect said he has been timed a 4.48 in the 40 and thinks he can run an ever faster time. He plans to run the 100, 4x100 and 200 meters for the Carol City High track and field team as a senior.

Wilder made the visit to Auburn with his father, who lives in the Atlanta area.

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