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Miami soccer recruiting: EDGE four-star Jayden Wayne signs on, helps Canes climb to top 10 in league table

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Jayden Wayne, a four-star prospect in the 2023 recruiting class, according to 247Sports, announced his commitment to Miami on Saturday live on CBS Sports HQ. The Bradenton, Fla. native ranks 36th in class players and 5th in EDGE rushing.

Wayne chose Miami from a list that included five other finalists: Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State and Oregon. His commitment is the latest in a strong Miami class built by first-year coach Mario Cristobal. He is the 13th member of the class and his commitment propels Miami’s 2023 group into the national top 10. It is the second highest rated class in the ACC behind Clemson.

Below is a scouting report from 247Sports national recruiting analyst Chris Singletary, who compares the 6-5, 245-pounder to former Michigan defensive lineman β€” and current Green Bay Packer β€” Rashan Gary.

Good frame to add weight and mass. As he matures and gains strength in the weight room, he will define his body composition and reach his physical peak. Already recorded at 6-foot-4, he could top 270 pounds in college without compromising his athleticism.

Good first step and popped the ball. Gains ground and immediately stresses the tackle with his penetration. Very good level of pad which gives the defender little surface area to hit as they rush the setter or play the run. Shows good motor and desire to hunt with good lateral movement. Good agility and speed, he is light on his feet and is a fluid and effortless player. Tear up blocks and do a good job in the chase. With increased strength and improved technique, he has all the tools you want in an elite defensive lineman. You are exposed to the quality of a general athlete when you watch him play wide receiver.

Wayne has a unique player who not only plays on offense and defense. But a skillful position as a receiver that saw him make 18 catches for 269 yards and 5 touchdowns. On the defensive end, he had 44 tackles and 9 sacks. Once he’s able to focus primarily on defense, the sky’s the limit for him. His recruitment has seen schools like all conferences able to pursue him to be part of their curriculum. Once he focuses solely on defense, his cap is high. I see all the skills and traits for him to finally have a career in the NFL.

Wayne should provide a significant boost to Miami’s top seven. While he won’t help in 2022, pass rush is one area of ​​the Hurricanes defense that could be improved. They finished 54th nationally in sack rate last season and 50th in overall rushing rate. While above the national average in both categories, the programs that typically find themselves competing for college football playoff spots tend to be the elite of the department.

The addition of Wayne to the program is a step towards the Hurricanes joining this class of defense.

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