For the second time this week, the Miami Hurricanes gained a serious five-star recruiting battle Saturday.
Jayden Wayne, a five-star edge rusher at Bradenton IMG Academy, orally dedicated to Miami throughout a reside broadcast on CBS Sports HQ. It’s the second time this week a five-star lineman from IMG Academy dedicated to the Hurricanes — Francis Mauigoa dedicated Monday — and it continues a torrential run of commitments for Mario Cristobal and Co.
Wayne is the sixth blue-chip recruit to decide to Miami’s Class of 2023 within the final two weeks. In the method, the Hurricanes have jumped from No. 44 to No. 7 in 247Sports’ group rankings.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound athlete is the No. 30 player and No. 5 edge rusher within the 247 composite rankings for the Class of 2023, and he was the No. 1 recruit in Washington earlier than he introduced his choice to switch to IMG final month.
Although Wayne will play his senior 12 months in Florida, that is one other nationwide victory for the Hurricanes, identical to Mauigoa’s dedication was. Wayne is from Washington and performed the final three seasons at Lincoln in Tacoma earlier than he determined to hitch the Ascenders. The Georgia Bulldogs, Alabama Crimson Tide, LSU Tigers, Michigan State Spartans and Oregon Ducks rounded out Wayne’s high six, and Miami beat all of them, at the least partially, due to Cristobal’s ties to the West Coast.
When he was the coach at Oregon, Cristobal had the Ducks in nice place to land each Wayne and Mauigoa, who’s from American Samoa, earlier than he left to return to his alma mater late final 12 months. Now he has the Hurricanes in place to signal a number of out-of-state five-star gamers for the primary time because the 2005 recruiting cycle.
Miami has solely signed a number of five-star prospects as soon as within the final 10 years.
Wayne has been a serious recruiting goal for the Hurricanes for a couple of 12 months and managed to get him on campus a handful of occasions this 12 months, internet hosting him for an unofficial go to in January and an official go to in June. Cristobal was additionally the primary coach to supply Wayne a scholarship again when he was at Oregon.
At Miami, Wayne will slot in as a defensive finish, though he additionally has the scale to turn into an inside presence, too. As a junior, the defensive finish logged 44 tackles with 16 tackles for loss, 9 sacks and a pressured fumble in simply eight video games, and in addition caught 18 passes for 259 yards and 5 touchdowns a a large receiver.
Wayne additionally strengthens the Hurricanes’ foothold at IMG because the third Ascender to decide to Miami within the final eight days, becoming a member of Mauigoa, a five-star sort out, and elite tight finish Riley Williams. He and Mauigoa are actually the highest two gamers within the Hurricanes’ 2023 recruiting class and the six new additions within the final two weeks — Wayne, Mauigoa, Williams, elite quarterback Jaden Rashada, Edison huge receiver Nathaniel Joseph and Melbourne Eau Gallie athlete Robert Stafford — are actually the six highest ranked gamers within the class.
Miami, nonetheless, didn’t go 2 for two on five-star choices this weekend. Jalen Brown, a five-star huge receiver at Gulliver Prep, orally dedicated to LSU on Friday, spurning his hometown Hurricanes for the Southeastern Conference.
David Wilson, a Maryland native, is the Miami Herald’s utility man for sports activities protection.