Juco DE has Cats in his top 5

Originally thought to be a solid lock for the Missouri Tigers, this JUCO DE says that he has opened recruiting up and that his top five schools have since changed.

Chris Wade
Height: 6-6
Weight: 231
40 time: 4.68
College: NE Oklahoma A&M
From: Broken Arrow, OK
High School: Broken Arrow HS

After signing a letter of intent to play for the Missouri Tigers out of Broken Arrow high school, Chris Wade become a grade casualty and was forced to attend NE Oklahoma A&M. Originally thought to be a solid lock for the Tigers, Wade says that he has opened recruiting up and that his top five schools have since changed.

"Arkansas, K-State, OU, Missouri and Arizona State are my top five schools, those are the ones I am looking at the hardest right now," said Wade.

Wade, who says he hurt his shoulder this past week playing in a pre-season game against Garden City, the same injury that sidelined him for part of his senior year at Broken Arrow admits that one school right now has separated itself from the others.

"Arkansas is my top school right now. They are really recruiting me hard and then after that, I am not really sure. Probably Missouri or Kansas State are my favorite after you know Arkansas. Arkansas is just recruiting me the hardest. I know for sure I have offers from Missouri, Arkansas and Arizona State and I know that K-State wants to offer me. Coach Peterson is recruiting me for K-State right now. But Arkansas and the other schools have offered me a full ride so that is something that is important."

Prior to signing with Missouri in the fall of 2004, Wade says Kansas State was his favorite school and the school that he followed, noting of course that he grew up in Oklahoma.

"Well right now there are other schools that have offered me so I know they are serious. If K-State offered that would be different. I mean I have been down there before, a lot I just not have heard about an offer yet. I mean K-State was the school that I wanted to go to at first. But I mean it is like my Dad said a little when I was in high school, they might have come a little late, that is why I signed with Missouri out of High School. But now I am in college and can make up my own mind and choose where I want to go."

The coaching staff has recently picked up the recruitment of Wade again with Receivers Coach Greg Peterson recruiting the JUCO prospect for the Cats.

"I hear from Coach Peterson but it has been awhile now. Mostly we would talk on the phone. I know they tried to call me the other day but they talked to my dad and I am not sure they have my cell."

In terms of visits, the talented DE says he has only been taking unofficial visits at this time.

"I have not set up any visits yet but I went to the OU game when they played TCU. That was not an official visit but I have not made any plans yet for official visits. It will probably not be until after the season."

In terms of what he likes about Kansas State, Wade had this to say about the Wildcats.

"Coach Peterson is a good coach and Coach Snyder is a heck of a coach and my uncle used to play there and I have lots of family that have gone there. The school is good and there is not really anything to do in Manhattan but that is a good thing. It keeps you out of trouble and stuff like that and I like that."

With two years to play two, Wade says he is on track to graduate and will be ready in the classroom.

"After this year I will have two years of eligibility left and far as grades, if I keep doing what I am supposed to do and going to class, I am going to be ready to go."
Although not the top priority on his list, Wade does admit that he wants to go to a school with a winning tradition that will be in contention for championships and conference titles.

"I really want to go to a school where I can see myself starting and playing but I also want to see myself with a winning team. someone who has a good tradition and a good record of winning. I mean it is kinda both ways, I want to help a school out and help them win but I also want a school that has been winning too," said Wade.

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