A coveted linebacker made his college commitment live Saturday on CBS Sports HQ, as Wesley Bissainthe announced that he is committing to Miami. Bissainthe chose the Hurricanes over Florida State and Florida.
Bissainthe is a four-star prospect from Miami Central High School in Miami, Florida. He is ranked the No. 188 overall prospect in the class by the 247Sports Composite and considered the No. 23 overall player in the Sunshine State.
“It’s the best position for me and where I can take care of my family,” Bissainthe told 247Sports on his commitment to Miami. “I felt like a priority.”
Though on the smaller end for a linebacker, Bissainthe’s versatility is one of his defining traits as a player. 247Sports southeast recruiting analyst Andrew Ivins compared him to former Miami and NFL linebacker Jermaine Grace and projected that Bissainthe could one day be a 4-7th round NFL Draft pick. Here is the full evaluation from Ivins:
A new-age linebacker that can play all three downs. Not only gets the job done on Friday nights as a blitzer and gap stuffer, but has also proven to be rather serviceable in pass coverage. Tested well on the lasers the summer before junior season, which makes sense given overall play speed. Flies to the football and usually arrives on the scene with the intentions of nailing someone. Agile feet allow him to skirt blocks and make stops. Seems to be the most comfortable when he’s asked to come downhill and corral ball carriers, but understands how to turn and run with wide receivers/tight ends out of the slot or stick with running backs coming out of the backfield. Ability to close gaps is without a doubt a strength at this point in his development, but must stop over pursuing and get better at finishing off tackles. Could also get a little more flexible and will need to tack on some mass in hopes of not getting pushed around at the next level. Produced as both a sophomore and junior before turning into a team leader as a senior at one of the most storied programs in Miami-Dade. Figures to settle in as an off-ball linebacker in a 3-4 or 4-3 look given size and frame (checks in at roughly 6-foot-1, 205 pounds). Should be able to contribute after a year or two on campus and has what it take to eventually lace up the cleats on Sundays if everything comes together.