UGA assistant Thomas Brown walked up to De’Andre Wilder at UGA’s Dawg Night prospect camp, and asked him if he was going to put on a show. Wilder responded with ‘“yes, of course.”
Since that visit to UGA, the 4-star linebacker from Miami has considered UGA his favorite school.
“I like the coaches a lot,” Wilder told the AJC. “They sat me down and told me how everything would be going if I go to their school. I was asking them questions because I did some research on the school and they answered them all. My main question was if I would get playing time or not.”
With school starting soon, Wilder doesn’t have any plans to visit any college soon. But he did say Brown is supposed to reserve him recruiting tickets to a UGA game this season so he can visit again.
One factor for why the South Floridian is strongly considering a move to Athens is because his father lives in Atlanta, which is just a short drive from UGA. But it should be noted that the majority of the 2017 prospect’s family lives in the Miami area, which could make his decision to leave home harder.
“I like Alabama, but I haven’t gotten to meet with them much,” he said. “With Miami – it’s so close to home. I don’t want to be so far away from home. I’m going to sit down with my parents senior year and talk about the decision.”
Wilder is also a track star. He says he’s the fastest on his team. He runs the 100-meter and 200-meter dash along with the 400 and 800 relay teams for Miami Carol City Senior High School.
Because of track season, Wilder says he’s down to 196 pounds but plans to put on around 45 pounds during football season. That would put him at 6-foot-2 and around 245 pounds. He plans on giving up track when he does get to college.
Wilder says he plans to commit during his senior year. As of now, he doesn’t know what Alabama and Miami can do to make up ground on UGA.
He is rated as the No. 14 OLB in next year’s recruiting class.