Little Known Prospect Looking To Breakout

This wide receiver prospect from the Peach State is hoping to get his chance to shine as a senior.

Lithonia, Ga.--Marques Wade may not be a name that anyone who follows recruiting closely has even heard up to this point. However, the 6-3, 175-pound receiver appears to have all the physical tools necessary to have a breakout season as a senior.

The tall and quick wide out, who will be starting for his second season at Martin Luther King High, was basically used as a blocker in a run oriented offense as a junior, but he says that is likely to change in 2005. "We weren't really a passing team, but this year we are trying to improve that and get to a mix of 60/40 pass to run," he explains.

Despite his lack of offensive production as a junior, Wade says that he enjoyed getting the chance to help his team to a strong season. "We went 11-3 last season and we lost two close ballgames due to turnovers, but then we went to the dome and were one game away from the state championship game and lost to LaGrange," he explains.

He also notes that he is eager to have the chance to play an even bigger role in 2005. "It is big for me this year because I am an upcoming senior," he says. "I am trying to get into a big time college so I want to get my name out there and get some receiving yards, so I am pretty excited for it."

"I would love to come out with 25-30 catches and have around 500 or 600 yards," he continues about his goals for the year.

He adds that along with expecting big things from himself as a senior, he is also expecting big things to happen for MLK this year. "I really think that a state championship is possible this year because the past two years we have gotten really close to it," he notes. "Two years ago we got to the game before the dome and last year we got to the dome and now this year we are trying to go all the way to the championship and take it home."

Even without the chance to truly showcase his talents last season, Wade explains that he knows what his strengths on the field are. "I probably consider myself as a possession receiver," he says. "I am not really a speed burner and I really like jumping up over defenders and making catches."

On the recruiting front, Wade's size and quickness have garnered him some recruiting attention to this point. However, he says he definitely wants to work hard as a senior so he will get a much longer look from some big time programs.

I am very interested in Auburn and Miami, but right now East Carolina is the team that has been talking to me the most and sending me more letters than anybody else," he explains. "Also I am hearing from Akron and Georgia Tech a good bit."

He says the reasons he likes the Hurricanes and the Tigers are pretty simple. "Miami, basically, as I have been growing up, I have been watching them all my life and they have been my first love," he says. " I love their defense and how they play."

"Auburn, I really started watching them three years ago and watching Cadillac (Carnell Williams) and Ronnie Brown," he notes. "Also, my brother (Justin Wade) was being recruited by Auburn back in 2003 so I got to come for a couple of games down there and I like the atmosphere. I also know Marcus McNeill and Jonathan Palmer, who are down there, because they played high school football with my brother at Cedar Grove."

Along with his connection to McNeill and Palmer, Wade also has a connection to David and Kenny Irons, who he has gotten to know recently. "David and Kenny are pretty good people," he notes. "They teach me things to help get me to the next level and how to improve my game and preserve my body."

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