Impressive Numbers For In-State DL Prospect

Football prospect Jamison Wadley is drawing interest from colleges across the region.

Attalla, Ala.--Etowah's Jamison Wadley is perhaps the biggest sleeper prospect in the state of Alabama for the class of 2007. All the SEC schools are showing interest, and he has taken visits to three of them.

"Basically every school in the Southeast is showing interest in me," Wadley said. "The schools showing the most interest are Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Southern Miss.

"I basically like all of those schools. I don't have an overall favorite. All those schools are my favorites."

Wadley was in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's Junior Day, and he returned for one of the Tide's practices. "Alabama's Junior Day was great," he said. "They have always been my favorite team. I loved the visit. It was very informative. They told me about the NCAA Clearinghouse, we toured the facilities, watched practice, and I talked to the coaches for a little while.

"Coach Dave Ungerer is my recruiting coach, and he is a real nice guy. He is real involved. I know I can always call him if I ever need anything. I called him one day and went down to a practice. I attended one of the team meetings with the new coach David Turner. That was really nice. I enjoyed myself a lot."

The 6-4, 240-pound defensive end attended A-Day on the Plains as well. "Auburn's A-Day game went real good," Wadley said. "It's a real nice place, and I like the atmosphere. I liked how they warm up. Coach (Terry) Price is my recruiting coach. He seems like a really nice guy.

"I think Auburn is a real nice school. I like them a lot. They are a home-state school, and that's always a big plus."

Wadley took a trip to Nashville last week to visit the Commodores. "I went to Vanderbilt this past Thursday," he said. "It's a nice place. The facilities are extremely nice. I met with the coaches and attended a few meetings. Coach Caldwell is my recruiting coach. He was real nice.

"I think Vanderbilt is a real nice school. They have their ups-and-downs on the football field, but I think it would be a good place to play. The coaches are down-to-earth. They send me handwritten letters three to four times a week. I feel like they may be close to offering me."

Wadley recorded 168 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 27 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, five knockdown passes and one safety during his junior campaign.

He was named 1st Team All-Area, 2nd Team All-State, Team Most Valuable Player and Team Most Valuable Defensive Lineman of the Year.

It's easy to say Wadley had a productive junior season, and he gives his reasons why he is such a dominating player. He knows what he wants to improve for his senior season.

"I feel like my strengths are my speed, strength and heart," said Wadley. "I will do everything in the world to not let a guy beat me on a play. My goal is to always make every tackle on the field. I have a lot of desire and want-to. My motor is always running.

"I really would like to improve on my sack numbers next year. I want to go out there as a senior and lead my team to the state championship. I am going to work real hard."

When asked the factors in his college decision Wadley replied, "A lot of it will have to deal with academics. I want to be around a great coaching staff and good tradition as well."

Wadley will participate in the Scout.com All-American Combine at Georgia Tech April 15.


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