De'Andre Wilder announced his commitment to Miami last night. At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Wilder is a senior outside linebacker from Carol City High in Miami.
What to Like: Wilder is very active on the football field from his linebacker position. He's used in a variety of ways in the Chiefs defense and can make an impact in more than one way. He's very active near the line of scrimmage, and makes a living in opposing backfields -- whether it's shooting gaps and tackling ball carriers or putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks from the edge. From that standpoint, he's a headache for opposing offenses because of how he can beat you in different ways. He runs extremely well, and can go laterally about as well as any linebacker prospect you'll see at this level. From an athleticism standpoint, you'll have a hard time finding someone better. He's a good football player, a good athlete, and someone who brings good instincts with him.
What may concern you: At 190 pounds, he is still light and will need to get bigger and stronger in order to make the same types of plays in college that he's been making at the prep level. Most people project him to be 215+ in a year or two but that's still something that isn't a guarantee. Will he maintain his speed and quickness? Will strength come with added size? Those are some things that will be worth watching.
Bottom Line: Wilder is one of the most heavily recruited outside linebacker prospects in south Florida this year. Miami first offered him way back in the early stages of 2015 under the former coaching staff. He later added offers from schools like Florida, Alabama, Michigan, LSU, and Georgia so he's coming in here as a legitimate 4-star caliber prospect. He's already visited about a dozen other programs on his own dime - including Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Florida, and Notre Dame - so he clearly made an educated decision. Kids who take numerous visits on their own before making a commitment typically don't change their minds because of impressive visits later in the process. Because of that this should be considered a rock solid commitment for the Canes. Wilder became the third linebacker in the 2017 class to pledge to the Hurricanes. He's clearly the most heavily recruited of the three (Waynmon Steed and Bradley Jennings are the other two) and seems like an ideal fit in Manny Diaz's attack style 4-3 defense.