"It was a good game," said the four-star cornerback. "It was a nice atmosphere, great game.. I liked coming out to watch the players play."
The Trinity Christian playmaker not only had the opportunity to see Florida in action on Saturday, but the Scout's No. 4 corner and his family were also able to connect with the coaching staff on a more personal leve,l when he returned to Gainesville on Sunday. During his time with the staff, defensive back coach, Torrian Gray, had a clear message for the Jacksonville native.
"They [the Gators] are thin at cornerbacks - thats the word," said Wade. "It means a lot to me because I can get on the field right away if I work hard and do what I need to do."
Wade saw first hand how much UF will need to add a few cornerbacks in this class in the win over the Minutemen.
“I noticed they’re going to be losing maybe three to four cornerbacks, so it’s big hole to fill,” Wade said. “They play a lot of nickel and there’s a fifth defensive back on the field at all times. So that’s big.”
Although Jim McElwain and the Gators hoped for a better showing in the opener, Wade counters saying "everybody plays rusty the first game of the season," and that the Gators "looked good." Although seeing potential playing time was great on this visit, the main purpose of this trip was for his parents to get acquainted with the coaches and the university.
"They said they liked the atmosphere," he said about his parents' impressions. "They have never seen anything like this especially the first game of the season. My mamma said she liked the atmosphere...They've never been to a Florida game, my mom has been up here, but my dad this is his first time coming up here."
Florida is not the only school Wade wants his parents to get acquainted with. He, along with his mother and father, will head to Indiana on September 17 for an official visit with Notre Dame.
The visit is "for my parents because they have never been up there," he said. "I know it's going to be cold up there, but anywhere I go I'm probably going to play in the cold so thats not big for me. But it's [the visit] really for my parents."
Wade visited the Irish over the summer, and that visit has helped him establish a good relationship with the coaches.
"The [Notre Dame] coaches tell me that they don't have anybody like me up there. They said none of their cornerbacks are nothing like me, I'm different. I like how they are talking and they have big goals for me," he said. "We've been talking a lot. They play tomorrow [Sunday] so I will watching them tomorrow."
Although he has not set anymore official visits, Wade says he will take one to Ohio State and Alabama, and then "probably" one to USC. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder also hopes to return to The Swamp for a game, however, he has not set an official date for his return.
"They [the Florida coaches] were talking about Florida and LSU [game]."
According to Wade, he still remains strong in his commitment to the Buckeyes, however, his recent visit to Florida has the potential to make an impact.
"It can help a lot but you know they are already in the top five, so if I fit in there it can be a future for me."
Wade is planning to early enroll, so the next three months will be crucial for the four-star defensive back.
"I'm just keeping my head straight in the classroom and in football trying to win games and win the state championship," he said. "I'm still looking for the school that is best for me, I'm trying to sign November, early December."null