Marques Wade Makes it 17

Arkansas keeps its recruiting momentum going by adding Atlanta (Ga.) Martin Luther King wideout Marques Wade (6-4, 180, 4.5) to its list of verbal pledges after a home visit on Monday night.

Marques Wade was told this weekend by new University of Arkansas offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn that the Razorbacks were going to add some tall wideouts and some quick ones in their 2006 class.

Wade (6-4, 180, 4.5) likes to think he fits in both categories.

The Atlanta (Ga.) Martin Luther King wideout made sure he would be one of them when he committed to Arkansas on Monday night while Razorback head coach Houston Nutt and UA assistant Tracy Rocker were on a home visit.

"I decided that I was going to go ahead and commit and be a part of what is going on at Arkansas," Wade said. "They are building something great up there at Arkansas and I want to be a part of that."

Wade, who visited Arkansas this past weekend and becomes the Razorbacks' 17th commitment of the 2006 class, had 27 catches for 620 yards and 6 touchdowns this season.

That's over 22 yards per catch for a team that went 8-2 in the regular season and split a pair of playoff games.

"I think I do a good job of finding holes in the defense when that is called for and getting deep when that is called for," Wade said. "The fact that I am 6-4 also allows me to go up and take a lot of balls away from smaller cornerbacks. They've got a guy up there now that does that in Marcus Monk and I am going to come in and just try to learn from him."

Wade, who had committed to East Carolina before the season, spent a good bit of time with Malzahn this weekend.

"I really think our offense is going to be as good as any in the SEC and he's got me excited about it," Wade said. "We've got great receivers, great quarterbacks there and coming and (Darren) McFadden is as good a running back as there is in the SEC and one of the best in the country."

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