As an early enrollee, Wade will be able to take advantage of the strength and conditioning program as well as go through spring football, in attempt to be a contributor as a true freshman for the Buckeye defense.
WHAT DOES HE NEED TO DO TO MENTALLY TO PLAY AS A FRESHMAN? The physical skills are not in question, as Wade has the ability to compete with any defensive back on the roster from that standpoint. As with every newcomer, Wade needs to throw himself into Greg Schiano's playbook and learn as much as he can before he puts on the pads this spring. There will be no patience for mental errors, and the inability to process information quickly will move Wade from potential contributor to special teams player or even possible redshirt. Wade is a sharp kid from a great high school, so if he applies himself there's a chance he makes an impact this April. With three starters leaving early for the NFL, Wade will get his shot if he proves he can handle things mentally.
WHAT DOES HE NEED TO DO PHYSICALLY TO PLAY AS A FRESHMAN? Even though I'm sure Wade feels he is in great shape, he needs to attack the winter workouts with a vengeance. He will learn quickly the difference between competing against high school boys to now battling grown-azz men for playing time. He needs to be physically stronger to beat out players that have been in the program for a few years, and Mickey Marotti needs to be his daddy over the next two months.