West's No. 1 DE Elijah Wade Talks USC and UCLA Visits

Scout.com caught up with Las Vegas (Nev.) Arbor View four-star defensive end Elijah Wade to discuss his recent visits to USC and UCLA, and what's next in his recruitment...


Elijah Wade is nearing two dozen scholarship offers, but only a select few are going to remain on the list following the spring evaluation period.

The four-star defensive end from Las Vegas (Nev.) Arbor View told Scout.com that he intends to cut his sheet to a group of top programs after his spring ball concludes, though he's not sure how many just yet.

Wade, the No. 1-rated defensive end in the West region for the 2018 class and No. 111 overall prospect in the Scout 300, recently visited USC and UCLA during a swing through Los Angeles.

"It was great to be back there to see coach KU (Kenechi Udeze) and (Gavin) Morris at USC," Wade said. "It was great to be able to walk the campus and see all that stuff again (after camping there last year). Coach KU and I talk about a lot of stuff, more stuff outside of football than anything else. USC is up there for me.

"L.A. being the No. 2 media market, you know it's going to be one of the greatest cities to be playing in."

Elijah Wade at USC

After seeing the Trojans, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Wade went across town to check out UCLA, which signed close friend and high school teammate Greg Rogers in February.

"UCLA was another great visit," Wade said. "It's such a good group of people, just walking around and getting a feel for the campus -- it's like a resort out there at UCLA.

"I don't know yet how big Greg going there is going to be for me but it could be an impact. That's one of my friends and someone I've played with, so of course he's recruiting me every day I see him. He's always talking about UCLA and throwing that in there. He just believes that it's a great place for me based on what he knows about the program.

"But, at the end of the day, I'm going to make the decision that's best for me and my family."

Elijah Wade with UCLA DL coach Angus McClure

Wade hasn't participated in many events in the last year outside of the USC Rising Stars Camp, but he does plan on making it to The Opening Regional in Oakland later this month. While he's in the Bay Area, he said he's interested in taking a closer look at California.

"Cal is one of the schools I'm thinking about getting out to," Wade said. "They're the No. 1 public school in the nation, they've got great coaches there now and I want to see what they have to offer for sure. I've been in contact with coach (Tony) Tuioti, mostly."

Wade plans to narrow his list after all schools swing through this spring. Alabama was the latest big-time school to extend a scholarship offer this week.

"I'm not sure how many schools yet, it just depends on which I feel need to be off the list after spring," Wade said. "I might make a decision after I take all my officials, but who knows what might happen. I want it to happen naturally. I don't want to give myself a set date."

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