Wading the Recruiting Waters

Chris Wade is a 6-5, 225 lb. defensive end out of Broken Arrow, OK. Like a lot of recruits right now, Wade is focused on his high school season and likely won't pick a school until the winter. That doesn't mean he's not enjoying the recruiting process though.

Chris Wade is enjoying the recruiting ride.

“Right now it’s going good. (Texas) A&M is still up there. Then there’s Missouri, Tulsa and Kansas.”

Those schools are likely Wade’s top four and he says there is no leader at this point. He also lists Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Nebraska as three other schools he’s considering.

Wade plans to take several official visits in December and January. While he currently has no dates set up yet, he was able to check out two of the schools he’s considering last weekend when he watched the Missouri Tigers upset Nebraska in Columbia.

“I went to the Missouri / Nebraska game and was impressed with the crowd. The players were hyped up and ready to go. The fans were really into it and I was into it too.”

Wade is also into academics. He’s interested in a degree in law or business, and places just as much emphasis on his education as he does the playing time different programs might be promising.

“I’m looking more towards academics than playing time. I’m looking for where I can get a degree and a little bit of playing time as well.”

Quality coaching is also important to this defensive stud from the Sooner state. So far he likes what he sees from all the schools he’s considering, including the staff at Kansas.

“I think they’re a good staff. They’re good coaches who work hard with their players. They get them going and would be great coaches to play for.”

KU’s 4-2 start to the season has also caught Wade’s eye.

“The win over Missouri turned things around. I think they’re doing a good job.”

Ditto for Wade’s Broken Arrow High School team. They’ve done a good job of their own. Wade’s team is off a 5-1 start with championship goals in sight.

“We’ve just gotta keep on doing what we’re doing, keep playing hard and I think we’ve got a shot.”

The same is true for Kansas in the recruiting battle for Wade’s services. They’ve got a shot, but several schools are on the prowl as well.

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