Wade's Decision

NEO defensive end Chris Wade (6-6, 255, 4.65) still feels like a Razorback jersey is going to look good on him next season, but has one more visit left before calling it over.

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M defensive end Chris Wade still feels like a Razorback, but there is one more test to take to be certain.

Wade, a 6-6, 255-pound junior college defensive end who has had the University of Arkansas at the top of his recruiting way before his Dec. 2-4 visit, took a trek to Baylor this past weekend.

Wade, who had five sacks among his 60 tackles before getting hurt late in NEO's 9-3 season, will be at Kansas State this weekend and plans to announce his decision soon afterwards.

"Baylor was nice, but it's Arkansas still number one, of course, K-State number two and Baylor number three," Wade said. "Nothing gets me hyped up like Arkansas and I don't think anything is going to. I know what Arkansas needs, I know what I can bring there and I think that's going to be a perfect match."

Kansas State, which has gotten commitments from three NEO defenders in linebacker Justin Rowland, safety Antwon Moore and defensive tackle Brandon Balkcom, is still trying to talk Wade into ending up with them in Manhattan instead of Fayetteville.

"I am going to go up there with all my NEO boys next weekend and just see what they have to offer," Wade said. "But the Arkansas fans shouldn't worry. They are still my clear number one with no doubts."

The Wildcats have a new head coach in former Virginia assistant Ron Prince, but Wade has seen everything else Kansas State has to offer.

"Really I've been up there a few times so I know all about the place," Wade said. "I'll meet with their new coach and see what he has to say and see if they have anything that can compete with all the stuff I love at Arkansas."

Told Arkansas fans were worried about his other visits, he tried to ally their fears.

"My boys are working on me, but tell them that I am so high on Arkansas and that it is just such a good situation for me and I know that," Wade said. "I can come in and make a difference right away on a team that is going to be very, very good."

Wade said fellow NEO defensive Tim Johnson , who visited Arkansas with him, is still committed to Oklahoma.

Arkansas assistant coach Bobby Allen has been recruiting Wade - a former Broken Arrow (Okla.) star who signed with Missouri out of high school - and making a big impression.

"That's my guy right there," Wade said of Allen. "I really trust him a lot and he has done a great job showing me the big picture at Arkansas and really getting my parents on board as well. I really like him and that's a big plus in Arkansas' favor."


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