Miami Football Recruitment: Four-Star EDGE Jayden Wayne gets involved and helps propel Canes into the top 10 on the leaderboard

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Jayden Wayne, a four-star prospect in the 2023 recruiting class, announced his commitment to Miami Saturday live at CBS Sports HQ, according to 247Sports. A native of Bradenton, Fla., he is the No. 36 overall in class and the No. 5 EDGE rusher.

Wayne selected Miami from a list of five other finalists: Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State and Oregon. His involvement is the latest in a strong Miami class being built by first-year coach Mario Cristobal. He’s the 13th member of the class, and his involvement puts Miami’s 2023 group in the top 10 nationally. It’s the second-highest class in the ACC behind Clemson.

Below is a scouting report from 247Sports national recruiting analyst Chris Singletary comparing the 6-5, 245-pounder to former Michigan defenseman – and current Green Bay packer – Rashan Gary.

Good frame to add weight and bulk. As he ages and gains more strength in the weight room, he will define his body composition and reach his physical peak. Already at 6-foot-4 in college, he was able to hit 270 pounds without sacrificing his athleticism.

Good first step and chipped the ball. Gains ground and causes the tackle to be instantly stressed by its penetration. Very good pad level that gives the defender little attack surface when charging the passer or playing the run. Shows good motor skills and will in hunting trains with a nice lateral gait. Good agility and speed, he is light on his feet and a lithe, effortless player. Demolishes blocks and does a good job of tracking. With added strength and improved technique, he has all the tools you want in an elite defense lineman. You can see how good he is as an overall athlete when you see him play at wide receiver.

Wayne has a unique player who doesn’t just play offense and defense. But a skill position as a receiver where he put up 18 catches for 269 yards and 5 touchdowns. On the defensive end, he had 44 tackles and 9 sacks. Once he can focus primarily on defense, there are no limits. His recruitment has resulted in schools, like all power conferences, chasing him to be part of their program. Once he focuses solely on defense, his ceiling is high. I see all the skills and attributes for him to eventually have an NFL career.

Wayne should give the Miami front seven a significant boost. While it won’t be a help in 2022, the pass rush is one area of ​​the Hurricanes’ defense that could use improvement. They ranked 54th in the sack rate and 50th in the total pressure rate nationally last season. While above the national average in both categories, the programs that typically compete for spots in the college football playoffs tend to be among the elite in the department.

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