A Wise Choice Forthcoming?

It has been a busy summer for one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Oklahoma. Midwest City Carl Albert's Dain Wise has six scholarship offers, including four from Big 12 programs, and thinks even more could be on the way.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder who helped his team to a 9-3 record as a junior and birth in the state quarterfinals also indicated he had a favorite out of his offers.

"I have six offers right now – Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Iowa State, Tulsa and TCU," said Dain Wise. "If I had to pick a favorite from that group, Kansas State would be my favorite. They're the Big 12 champs and have a situation where they need depth on the offensive line. You don't want to go in somewhere that's four-deep.

"I'd like to go to a school in the BCS. It doesn't necessarily have to be the Big 12, but it's one of the best conferences around, and it's in this area. It would be nice."

Wise has had a big summer thus far, traveling to one-day camps at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas State, and may be headed to Arkansas later this month. After earning second-team all-Oklahoma City as a junior and honorable mention all-state, he has improved his recruiting stock even more since the beginning of spring.

College coaches all seem to like the same things about Wise, who is being recruited as either a tackle or guard.

"I've got really good feet and get to the next level of blocking real well," Wise said. "The coaches have really liked my film, and the way I move my feet. I've had a couple coaches come by in May and just watch me do agility drills then say they would offer me just because of what they saw in those drills."

ISU's connection to Wise begins with first-year offensive line coach Barney Cotton, who has made a favorable impression on the Carl Albert High lineman.

"I haven't been up there yet, but I like Coach Cotton," Wise said. "He's a great guy and seems like a good coach. I like what they're trying to do. He said they have a dual-threat quarterback up there that's going to be pretty good. They want me to play offensive tackle, too, which I like."

Is Wise looking to make a commitment prior to his senior season? Possibly, says Wise.

"I'd like to make a decision before the season starts, but I don't know if that's going to happen or not," he said. "I've got a couple of schools that I'm still waiting to hear from. When I start hearing from a couple more schools, I'm going to start narrowing it down to see what my options are."


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