Wildcats Trying to Woo Michigan WR

University of Kentucky football recruiting update from Kentucky Sports Report's Rob Gidel.

James Wade Profile

Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer wide receiver James Wade is a sure-fire diamond in the rough. At 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, the talented track standout ran a 4.3 forty-yard dash at a camp this summer and has seen his stock rise, despite playing in an offense that rarely features him.

"I am getting a lot of college interest," Wade said. "Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, and Michigan State are all sending me stuff. In fact, I'm getting a lot of stuff from Tennessee, lately. I should be seeing a lot more offers soon, once teams get a chance to see me play. I just need to keep doing what I'm doing."

Wade spent the summer touring around the country to prove his worth. He attended Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana and Western Michigan's camp.

"I'm interested in everybody," Wade said. "I'm not just going for football, either. I'm going for education, so everyone has a chance with me. I like Michigan, Michigan State, schools like that. They are good schools. I like Indiana, too."

Kentucky, a school that had been reportedly Wade's only offer, has not been seriously recruiting Wade of late.

"They haven't offered," Wade said. "but they are recruiting me at wide receiver. I've never been down there, but they send me some stuff."

Wade anticipates hitting the road again and checking out some more programs this fall.

"I'm supposed to be going to one of the Michigan State home games," Wade said. "They like me a lot because I ran so well there. I ran a 4.3."

The difference a summer can make cannot be more illustrated than the story of the Michigan product. Last season, he caught just 29 passes for 563 yards, but saw his stock rise after improving his speed. Wade recently participated in the Junior Olympics, finishing fourth in the 400 yard dash.

"This year, I'm more explosive than I was last year," Wade admitted. "My forty last year was a 4.6, 4.7. I ran a 4.3 at Michigan State and then a 4.4 at Western Michigan afterwards. I think I'm a great route-runner."

In four games, he's already accumulated 8 catches for 148 yards and 2 scores. "I'll always catch the ball," Wade said. "I'm an all out explosive player. I'm bigger than most corners, so I can jump over cornerbacks."


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