Madisonville - North Hopkins HS plays in the state's largest school division - 6A although their enrollment is that of a school in Kentucky's 5A division. Like his HS team and its desire to play the best and the biggest so goes JC Wade as an athlete. JC is projected to play in the defensive backfield at Ball State and has the size and speed to play at the "major college" level. JC told the BallStateInsider.com that he really enjoyed the camp Ball State had in Evansville the summer after his soph season and that he really began to follow the Cardinals closely last season.
Although JC never made it to a game in person he did read about the success and watched a couple of Ball State's nationally televised games last season. It was exciting to see them move up in the national rankings every week last season especially since I knew some of their coaches after having been at their camp. Going undefeated during the regular season and being ranked just outside of the Top 10 nationally definitely got my attention.
"I wanted to go back to their camp this year and picked the one on campus so I could also see the facilities and the university at the same time." JC said. "I have participated in camps at a number of schools and was receiving considerable recruiting interest from the likes of Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Ohio University, Louisville, Eastern Kentucky, Austin Peay and the University of Tennessee. Everything just fell into place after the camp on campus and although I received my offer last Spring it was shortly after my return from the June 12th camp that I was convinced that Ball State was the place for me."
JC informed me he was actually at another camp when he made his decision and told the Ball State staff he wanted to become a Cardinal!
"My parents and I are planning to go up to Muncie, Indiana in a few weeks so they can also get to see the campus and become more familiar with the University and all it has to offer." JC said. "I am speaking not only from a football prespective but academically. I think there are a number of things that I like about Ball State (what's there not to like) but the thing that sold me and was the key to my decision was my comfort with the coaches. I just feel good about all that and feel they have been very honest and straight with me. They showed interest in me 'early on' and made visits to my school and I appreciated that. Other schools have done that as well but they were my first major offer and everything just seemed to fit.
"I am a good student and while I do not have a major as of yet I know that they are traditionally one of the top universities in the country when it comes to graduating their student athletes" JC continued. "There were no promises but it is clear that there will be plenty of opportunity and it is up to me to take advantage of it. I know this staff will treat me fair and has shown strong interest in me as a student athlete and that is all you can ask for."
JC is a multi sport athlete as he plays basketball and is a standout sprinter on the track team. Carrying a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and garnering a 22 on the ACT JC is prepared for what Ball State University has to offer on the field of play and in the classroom. Standing 6' 1" and weighing in currently at 180 lbs. with good strength and clocking a 4.54 forty time the physical attributes are all in place. Cardinal fans in the years to come are going to enjoy watching JC develop further and compete for playing time on college football's biggest stage!
Stay tuned to the BallStateInsider.com as we will track JC's senior season in high school and keep Cardinal fans up to speed on how this future Ball State Cardinal is progressing!