Recruiting: LB De’Andre Wilder commits to Miami Hurricanes

De'Andre Wilder announced his commitment to Miami via Twitter. (Twitter)

De’Andre Wilder announced his commitment to Miami via Twitter. (Twitter)

The Hurricanes love the linebackers they signed in 2016. Shaq QuartermanMichael Pinckney and Zach McCloud are starting — and shining — as true freshmen.

Who’s next? De’Andre Wilder. 

Wilder, from Miami-Carol City High, announced his commitment Thursday night before playing a game. He did it via video, which was posted on Twitter.

[Cancer fighter James Conner inspires Miami]

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[OL has a huge challenge this week]

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Wilder, 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, plays outside linebacker. He also considered Auburn.

Wilder is rated highest on ESPN, which touts him as a four-star prospect and the No. 22 outside linebacker nationally. Scout has him four-star, No. 26. Rivals: four-star, No. 31. He is a three-star per 247Sports and No. 52 at his position.

The Hurricanes have 20 players committed in their 2017 class, which is rated No. 13 nationally by 247Sports. Wilder is the top-rated linebacker, ahead of three-stars Waynmon Steed and Bradley Jennings.

ESPN’s scouting report says Wilder may not have the “straight-line movements and overall fluidity” to play outside linebacker, and may be best suited as an edge rusher, but “either way he’ll find a role” because is is a “fast and physical defender with some attributes you simply can’t coach.”

Among those attributes: speed, an “explosive first step, quick feet and a closing burst,” along with an ability to read plays quickly. ESPN would like to see him add bulk and refine his technique. “Wilder is a rangy, explosive edge defender who has lots of upside,” ESPN wrote.

Wilder had 64 tackles, 14 sacks and forced four fumbles last year.

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