Dunford's Deep 20: Kallen Wade

Notre Dame commitment Kallen Wade is the latest future domer to answer the curious questions of Dunford's Deep Twenty. Kallen provided unique answers surrounding fellow Notre Dame recruiting target Robert Williams, discussed his future medical school aspirations, and even commented on The Four Horsemen. Read why Kallen says they must have been "bad".

Dunford: You committed really early. Are you still being recruited by other colleges or has it died down all together?

Wade: It's dies down all together. A couple of coaches tried to recruit me, but I had to tell them that I was solid with Notre Dame. Those schools were Duke and Minnesota. I'm also happy that I don't get the tons and tons of mail anymore. When I was getting all that mail I was missing important things like bills. They kind of got lost in the mix.

Dunford: What do you think about your teammate Robert Williams going to Notre Dame?

Wade: I feel that if they gave him a chance he could play. If Notre Dame offered him a scholarship I think he would take it in an instant. I think he would be playing his freshman year just because he's a great player.

Dunford: You are one of two Notre Dame's defensive commitments. What players would you like to see play defense with you at Notre Dame?

Wade: Probably Robert Williams. He has good hands and good speed. I'm still trying to push him to go to ND, but every time I see him he's wearing Ohio State colors. But then again, those are his favorite colors anyway. He's a really creative guy. He completely customizes what he wears. He doesn't wear anything that he hasn't customized.

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Dunford: Talk about your relationship with other commitments. Who do you speak to?

Wade: Barry Gallup. I spoke to him a couple of times when I first committed. I haven't talked to John Ryan at all. I've also spoken to Zach Frazer. I've tried to e-mail some of the other recruits, but I haven't heard anything from them. Plus, I'm busy with work.

Dunford: You work, what do you do?

Wade: I work fifty-six hours a week. I work at a hospital, and I work at Media Play. It's an electronics store. Plus, I have football practice on top of that.

Dunford: Why do you work at a hospital? Do you plan going into medicine?

Wade: I plan on majoring in premed. After I graduate school I want to go on and become a cardiologist. Cardiology has always fascinated me. Right now I work at the university hospital, on floor six. Basically the entire floor is the heart floor. That's what got me interested in cardiology.

Dunford: It sounds like you know your stuff. For youngsters, what one thing do young players need to know about being an affective pass rusher?

Wade: Wow, a whole lot of stuff. Me, at my size, I've learned that I can never let them touch you. As soon as the offensive lineman touches you, you'll have problems.

Dunford: What do you mean by "touch you"?

Wade: I mean that when the offensive lineman gets his hands on you and locks you up. When they get a hold of you will have problems. I had some problems with that last year. It's important to always keep your hands moving.

Dunford: What NFL player do you think your game resembles the most?

Wade: I really don't try to compare myself to anyone else. Other coaches say I look like other people. Plus, I really don't watch football too much. But, when other people compare me to NFL players they say I'm like Jason Taylor. Coaches like my speed coming off the edge. When ND first started recruiting me they said that's what ND's defense is looking for. Coach Weis is the one that actually said I looked like Jason Taylor.

Dunford: If you couldn't play football, what sport would you be playing?

Wade: I would run track because I am originally am a middle distance runner. In 1997 and 1998 I was a pretty good. I used to run at the Junior USA Olympic competitions. I ran the 400, 800, and did the triathlon. I remember finishing third in the triathlon. That was back when I was roughly ten years old.

Dunford: Do you still run track?

Wade: I don't run track anymore because I was losing weight. I really can't do that with football. I think the biggest challenge for me will be picking-up weight and then still being able to move with it.

Dunford: How did track help you become a better football player?

Wade: I see that a lot my speed comes from running the 400. It helps me get around the edge really quickly. My stamina comes from running the 800. It helps me play the whole game. Then I get my strength from doing the triathlon.

Dunford: Some players want to wear a certain number at Notre Dame. What number would you like to wear at Notre Dame? Why?

Wade: I like my number, but I feel that everything is going to change in college. My number now is kind of unique. I wear the No. 8. I believe I am the only single digit defensive end in Ohio.

Dunford: How did you get your number?

Wade: It's kind of not my fault. When I first started playing foot ball I went out for outside linebacker. Then coach Gamble moved me to free safety. That's where I first started playing. I was playing on the junior varsity, but I was also suiting up and playing all the varsity games as well. When I played on the varsity I felt better playing defensive end, so that's where I ended. Since then I've had No. 8. If I could, it would be nice to have my number in college.

Dunford: Do you play any offense?

Wade: No offense at all. I never said I couldn't play offense. They could use me a blocking tight end, but I'm in love with defense. I don't think anyone can take that from me.

Dunford: What's you best character trait?

Wade: That's tough. I don't try to judge myself too much. But my mother might say that I am always willing to try something different. If something is new, I'm always willing to try it.

Dunford: Complete this sentence. I would like to meet…

Wade: There are so many people I can't think of any one person. But I guess I would say the Four Horsemen. I kind of always wanted to meet them. I just got some stats about them and read that they were all under six feet tall and less than 160 lbs. Those guys won 28 out of 30 games. To win that many games and be that small they had to be "bad".

Dunford: Where do you see yourself six years from now?

Wade: Either in the NFL or in graduate school or medical school.

Dunford: Your talk of medical school reminds me of former Minnesota Viking Robert Smith. He left a great football career to pursue medicine. Plus, he was an All-Pro. What do you think about what he did?

Wade: I feel that he is a guy that kind of knew what he wanted in life. I can't blame him. If he's happy doing what he's doing, it doesn't really matter because it's his life and he's happy.

Dunford: Why should a recruit go to Notre Dame?

Wade: Like I've said in previous interviews, the academic and athletic combination at Notre Dame is amazing. If athletics doesn't work out, it's always good to have a backup. Plus, having a coach with three Super Bowl rings is great.


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