Myles Wade (6-2, 305-pounds) made a trip to Notre Dame's January 14 junior day to show the Irish staff that he was serious about playing football in South Bend. He hasn't received that offer yet, but he still has hopes that one will be on its way.
"I'm still interested in Notre Dame," Wade said when asked about his interest in playing football at Notre Dame. "I've been told by a lot of people that the recruiting process goes at different speeds for different people so we'll see what happens at the end of this year. They're in my top five. I'm still very interested in Notre Dame.
"If Notre Dame is going to offer me, that's fine, and if they don't that's fine. My top five will be the five schools that offer me and I'll go from there. Right now, my top five consists of Oregon State (offer), Notre Dame, USC, Oregon and UCLA. But mainly I just want to play Division I football."
"I talk with coach Polian," Wade said of his ongoing contact with the Notre Dame staff. "I spoke to him last week. I've just been trying to stay in touch with him once a week."
Notre Dame will need to take at least two defensive tackles with the 2007 recruiting class. Wade not only has the size the Irish need in the middle, but he also has the attitude a coach wants in the trenches.
"I'm a competitor," Wade said of his play on the football field. "I do whatever I can do not to lose. My motor never stops. I work out all the time. I feel the body needs to be in it's best shape when it's tired. You're going to be tired in a game and you need to step it up when your team needs a play."
A lot of elite high school players make similar statements, but Wade's actions prove that he wants to work to be the best. Part of that process is competing against the best.
"I'm going to the Nike combine April 22 in College Station, Texas," Wade explained. "I want to go and compete against the best players and that's where the best competition is supposed to be. It's for respect. I live in Oregon and people don't think we can play football in Oregon, so I'm going down there to show them that there is a lot of talent in Oregon and I'm part of that talent. I'm going down to represent for the football players in Oregon. People think I dominate in Oregon because of the level of competition, but I'm going to show them that I'm for real. I'm going there to show everyone that I can play with the best in Texas."
As a junior Wade had 50 tackles, three forced fumbles and eight sacks.