Welcome to National Signing Day 2017.
“Squad 17” as the University of Miami calls its newest recruiting class, is pumped to get this campaign going —and going in the right direction.
SIGNING ALERT: Offensive lineman Kai-Leon Herbert is all yours, Canes fans. He is out of Plantation American Heritage High and was formally committed to Michigan, which has one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. But Herbert decommitted after recently visiting the U. And the U is thrilled about it. Herbert, 6-5 and 285 pounds, is rated four stars by Rivals and ESPN and three by 247Sports. The Canes need offensive lineman in a big way, and this is a valuable addition.
SIGNING ALERT: Linebacker De’Andre Wilder is all yours, Canes fans. Wilder is listed as 6-3 and 202 pounds and hails from Miami Carol City High. He was rated four stars by ESPN, which named him the 22nd best outside linebacker prospect in the nation. He helped send Carol City to the 6A Florida State High School state championship and chose Miami over Georgia, USF, Florida, LSU, Louisville and Alabama. “Wilder has elite speed for a linebacker and is a disruptive nature in the backfield,’’ UM linebackers coach Manny Diaz said in a statement released on the Canes’ website. “He was a stalwart on Carol City’s state championship team. He can run sideline-to-sideline and packs a punch on contact.’’ Wilder told the Miami Herald’s Andre Fernandez: “It’s a great thing to be a Hurricane. It was a long process, like a relationship with a girl, except this was about football. I want to go there, become a better person and bring a championhip back home. I was 100 percent committed to the Canes.’’
SIGNING ALERT: Punter Zach Feagles is all yours, Canes fans. Another foot specialist from New Jersey just joined Michael “Jersey Mike’’ Badgley as an official Miami Hurricane. Feagles will be a punter like his father, former Hurricane Jeff Feagles, who is in the UM Sports Hall of Fame. The elder Feagles, now 50, punted in the NFL from 1988 through 2009 and lettered at UM from 1985 through ‘87. The younger Feagles, a solid 6-3, 215-pounder who attends Ridgewood High School, rushed for 1,049 yards and 22 touchdowns this season, kicked off and punted. He punted 19 times, according to Max Preps, for 697 yards for an average of 36.7, with seven punts inside the 20-yard line.