Myles Wade (6-2, 315-pounds) had planned on making a trip to a Texas combine to compete against the top players from the Lone Star State, but in the end he decided that an appearance at the Stanford combine would serve him best.
"I actually changed plans and went to Stanford," Wade explained. "I decided that there would be more coaches from this area and the north at the Stanford combine and I have more interest in those schools.
Not only did college coaches show up in droves, but also some of the top talent in California.
"Everybody from California was there," Wade said. "I'm not trying to be cocky, but to be honest nobody could touch me. I was coming off the ball so quick during the one-on-ones that I was getting to the bag before they came out of their stance. I was so psyched up to get to that bag, I was in a zone and they couldn't stop me.
"I had a 29.5-inch vertical. I had 29 reps with 185 pounds on the bench. We did a 10-yard burst and I ran a 1.71 on that."
Wade holds offers from Oregon and Oregon State, but that may change shortly.
"The coach from Boise state came in a couple weeks ago –same with Colorado," Wade explained. "I just got off the phone with a coach from Cal and he said they were going to start recruiting me. They saw me at the combine and he said I passed the eye test.
"Coach Polian came to my school May 4. I worked out for him. We did some simple one-on-one drills with different players and then I dunked the basketball for him. Coach Polian said I had a great workout and that I'm still high on their list of defensive lineman that they want. I told him that I appreciated that.
"It would be an honor to come play for coach Weis, to help out his defense and help them win a national championship. When I was in South Bend he put himself on everyone else's level and he was a down to earth guy… I really liked that. I like how he conducts himself.
"I know they're looking at other lineman out there like Joseph Barksdale and Marvin Austin," Wade continued. "It's actually an honor to be mentioned with names like that and to be put in the same category with those players. They're good players and I applaud the work they've done to get what they have."
As a junior had 55 tackles, with a safety, three forced fumbles and eight sacks.