Wade: Serious Inquiries Only

While on layover to his official visit to Texas Tech, Myles Wade checked out the slots. Who knows, with enough quarters won, Wade just might be able to take care of his education bill without the aid of scholarship.

With backpack in tow, carrying clothes and homework, the 6-foot-3, 318-pound defensive tackle from Portland, Ore. got some great news from his father Jerry, who spoke with new Washington Quarterbacks Coach Doug Nussmeier. The news?

"Washington offered me," Wade told Scout.com Thursday morning while at McCarran International Airport, waiting for his connection to Lubbock, Tex. "(Nussmeier) told me that (new UW DC) Nick Holt wants me really bad."

The Wades had an in-home with Nussmeier on Wednesday. While expressing serious interest at the time, interest wasn't enough at this point to get Myles going. With less than two weeks left before Signing Day, time is of the essence. Wade's words to prospective suitors: Serious Inquiries only.

"People want an answer right now, it goes the same for me," he said, matter-of-factly. "At this point, if you're calling me, it better be to make an offer. That would make it easier for me. That's why I'm going to Texas Tech right now, because it took them a day to offer me. They saw my transcripts and then offered me."

Make that two schools that have offered Wade. Nussmeier told the Wades that they would be reviewing his academic situation. So Thursday morning Jerry Wade heard the news: Myles would be getting a scholarship from Washington.

"I thought Washington might be harder to get into, so I thought they might tell us that they couldn't do it," Jerry said. "That would have been a heartbreaker.

"With all these schools stepping up and looking at his academics before making an offer, it really should put a lid on (academic status)."

So what does this new information mean for Myles? "Coach Holt wants me to come up next weekend," he said. "I need to talk it over with my Dad so we can make a plan. If I went to Washington I could play Oregon three times. The Oregon-Washington rivalry is bigger than the Civil War.

"My Dad said that Seattle is three hours away from Portland, and I've been to Seattle, but I've never seen U-Dub. From what (Nussmeier) was telling me, it makes me want to go check it out. But at the same time I need straightforward answers. Because I have Nebraska still and Auburn said they are going to offer me when I get down there...I just need a straightforward answer."

"It's a tremendous offer," Jerry Wade said of UW's tender. "That's a big offer right there. It gives Myles an opportunity to play in the Pac-10 and play at his best. Their Athletic Director (Scott Woodward) is from the SEC. That tells us that they are serious about making that program a powerhouse again."

First things first: Wade needs to see what the situation is with the Red Raiders and get a feel for what life might be like in Lubbock. "When he comes home, we've got a lot to talk about," the elder Wade said. "His back is up against the wall right now, and he doesn't want to be rude with anyone, but he doesn't want to be wasting time."

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