DeAndre Wilder breakdown from his coach

DeAndre Wilder breakdown from his coach

Peter Ariz
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The Miami Hurricanes received a commitment last night from Carol City Chiefs linebacker DeAndre Wilder, who announced the commitment following his game.

Wilder is Miami’s third linebacker commit of the 2017 class, joining Waynmon Steed of Miami Central and Bradley Jennings, Jr. from Jacksonville. The 6-2, 200-pound Wilder has taken strides this year under his new defensive coordinator Damon Cogdell, who was the architect of the great Miramar Patriots teams of the 2010s with Ryan Williams, Geno Smith, Ivan McCartney, Stedman Bailey, Tracy Howard, Malcolm Lewis, Jermaine Grace and more.

Cogdell was working at West Virginia until this spring when he returned to south Florida to become Carol City’s DC. Cogdell shared his thoughts on the new Canes commit.

“I was hearing so much about the kid before I came, but he was so raw. He was a track kid and I didn’t have him in the spring. He probably only practiced five days with me in the spring, but I saw so much potential and upside,” Cogdell said.

“I had him practicing with the linebackers, but I put him at defensive end as more of a rover type backer in the games, so we could utilize his speed and his strength.”

That switch to defensive end has benefitted Wilder tremendously this season, as he has been a force to be reckoned with in the backfield. Although he has exceled at this spot, Cogdell says that his future is in more of a traditional linebacker position.

“He’s starting to learn the game and he’s working on his football intelligence. He is a sharp kid and when you get to know him, he has a ‘wow’ factor. He’s relentless, and you can’t coach speed. I think he has a frame be a big guy and play all three linebacker spots. He can play the weak side rush linebacker spot right now too,” Cogdell said.

“If they can put some weight on him, I think he’s a solid Mike backer.”

Cogdell thinks that Wilder’s decision to stay home was a smart one, and he sees some similarities between his former player Jermaine Grace and Wilder.

“I think that was a great choice for him. I coached Jermaine Grace at Miramar and Wilder is a little taller, but their body structure is the same and they’re both fast kids,” he said.

“It was important for him to have that supporting cast here at home,” Cogdell said. “It’s closer for him to be in Coral Gables – it’s a home away from home. If mom or anybody else wants to go see him, it’s a 20-minute trip, not a 20-hour one.”

Miami coaches are getting a high character prospect as well, according to Cogdell.

“He’s a ‘yes sir, no sir’ kid – he’s very coachable. I think Manny (Diaz) will do a great job with him and as his position coach. That’s a plus for him because as a defensive coordinator, he will be around him the most and know what to expect week in and week out.”


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Comments (47)

Great to see a kid like this stay home. This is what we need.
 
He was much better and more comfortable when he was playing rush LB for CC. That's where they should have kept him this year TBH.
 
He was much better and more comfortable when he was playing rush LB for CC. That's where they should have kept him this year TBH.

I've actually heard the opposite from many who watched him last two seasons. He has been much more engaged this season according to Carol City people who have been at every game.
 
Personally I feel like he looked more natural when they stood him up but I guess they gotta do what's best for the team. Glad we got him though.
 
He was much better and more comfortable when he was playing rush LB for CC. That's where they should have kept him this year TBH.

I've actually heard the opposite from many who watched him last two seasons. He has been much more engaged this season according to Carol City people who have been at every game.

The game film doesnt support this Pete.

But I didnt care either way. I wanted him last year and I wanted him now. Even when the buzz had cooled on him.

Cant let a kid like this at a need position, in a scheme where the WLB is a blitzing maniac go to AUB and wreck havoc for their defense. He will be a perfect backup to Pinckney when the time comes. And then takeover once he leaves.
 
Depth next year at LB -

Mccloud - Wilder - Gordinier

Quarterman - Steed - Smith

Pinckney - Owens - Jennings - Perry



Starting to look like normal Miami LB depth
 
Depth next year at LB -

Mccloud - Wilder - Gordinier

Quarterman - Steed - Smith

Pinckney - Owens - Jennings - Perry



Starting to look like normal Miami LB depth

Definitely looks good
 
He was much better and more comfortable when he was playing rush LB for CC. That's where they should have kept him this year TBH.

I've actually heard the opposite from many who watched him last two seasons. He has been much more engaged this season according to Carol City people who have been at every game.

He's made for the LB position he was flying all over the field last year, but he has actually been very productive at end, I think it's good for him to learn how to rip off blocks and use his speed on the edges as well.
 
Glad we got him.

Sounds like a Miami LB....

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The Miami Hurricanes received a commitment last night from Carol City Chiefs linebacker DeAndre Wilder, who announced the commitment following his game.

Wilder is Miami’s third linebacker commit of the 2017 class, joining Waynmon Steed of Miami Central and Bradley Jennings, Jr. from Jacksonville. The 6-2, 200-pound Wilder has taken strides this year under his new defensive coordinator Damon Cogdell, who was the architect of the great Miramar Patriots teams of the 2010s with Ryan Williams, Geno Smith, Ivan McCartney, Stedman Bailey, Tracy Howard, Malcolm Lewis, Jermaine Grace and more.

Cogdell was working at West Virginia until this spring when he returned to south Florida to become Carol City’s DC. Cogdell shared his thoughts on the new Canes commit.

“I was hearing so much about the kid before I came, but he was so raw. He was a track kid and I didn’t have him in the spring. He probably only practiced five days with me in the spring, but I saw so much potential and upside,” Cogdell said.

“I had him practicing with the linebackers, but I put him at defensive end as more of a rover type backer in the games, so we could utilize his speed and his strength.”

That switch to defensive end has benefitted Wilder tremendously this season, as he has been a force to be reckoned with in the backfield. Although he has exceled at this spot, Cogdell says that his future is in more of a traditional linebacker position.

“He’s starting to learn the game and he’s working on his football intelligence. He is a sharp kid and when you get to know him, he has a ‘wow’ factor. He’s relentless, and you can’t coach speed. I think he has a frame be a big guy and play all three linebacker spots. He can play the weak side rush linebacker spot right now too,” Cogdell said.

“If they can put some weight on him, I think he’s a solid Mike backer.”

Cogdell thinks that Wilder’s decision to stay home was a smart one, and he sees some similarities between his former player Jermaine Grace and Wilder.

“I think that was a great choice for him. I coached Jermaine Grace at Miramar and Wilder is a little taller, but their body structure is the same and they’re both fast kids,” he said.

“It was important for him to have that supporting cast here at home,” Cogdell said. “It’s closer for him to be in Coral Gables – it’s a home away from home. If mom or anybody else wants to go see him, it’s a 20-minute trip, not a 20-hour one.”

Miami coaches are getting a high character prospect as well, according to Cogdell.

“He’s a ‘yes sir, no sir’ kid – he’s very coachable. I think Manny (Diaz) will do a great job with him and as his position coach. That’s a plus for him because as a defensive coordinator, he will be around him the most and know what to expect week in and week out.”


[video=youtube;PE4nXb0ggLc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE4nXb0ggLc[/video]
 
I wouldn't be disappointed if they added a (quality) 4th LB to the class - like Dixon from Georgia....

Depth next year at LB -

Mccloud - Wilder - Gordinier

Quarterman - Steed - Smith

Pinckney - Owens - Jennings - Perry



Starting to look like normal Miami LB depth
 
Depth next year at LB -

Mccloud - Wilder - Gordinier

Quarterman - Steed - Smith

Pinckney - Owens - Jennings - Perry



Starting to look like normal Miami LB depth



Pretty a lot of faith in Wilder being better Gordinier the moment he steps onto campus.
 
Well damn. First time coming around today had no idea he committed. Awesome get
 
Depth next year at LB -

Mccloud - Wilder - Gordinier

Quarterman - Steed - Smith

Pinckney - Owens - Jennings - Perry



Starting to look like normal Miami LB depth


SMH man, Gordinier's a reliable, solid second stringer, yet you put him third behind a high schooler? Let me guess, it's because he's white.
 
Two Miramar studs left to come to CC this year

Yasir Abdullah - Hudl
Yasir Abdullah is a 6-2/200 LB with unreal speed for that position 100m officially 10.75 below the HS national elite of 10.80. Christopher Henderson's best 100m is 10.77. Came from Naples to Miramar this spring then left to CC.

Jamare Edwards - Hudl
James Edwards DE who is now listed at 6-4 and 240. Been told by other players fathers bench presser well over 300 and squats over 400. He is used similar to Wilder (LB to DE) as he is moved from DE to DT position where his speed and quickness have really cause problems for other teams. He has the frame for another 20 no problem.
 
Wilder can play both the Will & Sam spot, so can Steed (who can play all 3 LB's positions)...

Imagine the the looks we can throw at Offenses, with the versatility & speed we'll have with all 6 LB's of Shaq, Pinck, McCloud, Steed, Wilder & Jennings.

Not to mention, I think all 3 of 2017 LB's are EE's (I know Steed & Wilder are, but idk about Jennings)...

People kept making a big deal out of his weight, but he's 19 & can easily add weight, plus it's not like we need him to be 230-240 or something.
If he adds just 5-10lbs, that would put him at the exact weight of Grace.
 
Depth next year at LB -

Mccloud - Wilder - Gordinier

Quarterman - Steed - Smith

Pinckney - Owens - Jennings - Perry



Starting to look like normal Miami LB depth

All due respect to Steed, Mike Smith will be our 2nd string Mike. He's been really solid
 
Two Miramar studs left to come to CC this year

Yasir Abdullah - Hudl
Yasir Abdullah is a 6-2/200 LB with unreal speed for that position 100m officially 10.75 below the HS national elite of 10.80. Christopher Henderson's best 100m is 10.77. Came from Naples to Miramar this spring then left to CC.

Jamare Edwards - Hudl
James Edwards DE who is now listed at 6-4 and 240. Been told by other players fathers bench presser well over 300 and squats over 400. He is used similar to Wilder (LB to DE) as he is moved from DE to DT position where his speed and quickness have really cause problems for other teams. He has the frame for another 20 no problem.

Edwards is going to a pleasant surprise for someone once he develops in college.
 

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210
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STR
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190
Melbourne Senior, FL
S
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200
Miami, FL

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