Bear Breaks Down OU Commit

Sooners Illustrated brings you an interview 2011 DT commitment Jordan "Bear" Wade out of Stony Point HS in Round Rock, TX. The Sooners 5th commitment in the 11' class talks commitment and his JR day visit on February 20th.

This past weekend 2011 DT prospect Jordan "Bear" Wade made his trip north bound on Interstate 35 to Norman, OK to attend Oklahoma's first junior day of the year. Along on the visit with Wade was his mom and teammate 2011 LB P.L. Lindley.

For someone who was sort of an unknown to the Sooner Nation the coaches wasted little time getting Wade into their offices early in the morning.

"The visit went really well," Wade began. "When I got there in the morning we went and talked to Coach Bob Stoops. He talked to my mom and me about the university. After that we went and talked with Coach Shipp because he wanted to look at me. So then we went into his office and he was talking to us about Oklahoma football. After that he took us around and showed us the trophy cases and saw all their accomplishments. After that we took the tour around the school."

While visiting the Sooner coaches Wade got some good news and took little time taking advantage of the opportunity.

"When the coaches were talking to me they said they were offering me. And then shortly after I told them I was committing and they were just really excited," Wade explained.

Having a defensive tackles coach as decorated and accomplished as Jackie Shipp obviously can't hurt when looking at his resume. You would be hard pressed trying to find a better DT coach then Coach Shipp in the country. Wade talked about what it was like talking with Coach Shipp for the first time.

"When I first started talking to him I was kind of shy and everything and didn't know what to say to him," Wade said. "After a while I started opening up and feeling really comfortable. And was just listening to all the success he's had with his defensive lineman."

Wade talked about what it was that stood out that helped him commit to the Sooners.

"It is just all their accomplishments and winning they have done. It's just a great school."

When asked how solid his commitment was Wade had this to say.

"I'm 100 percent committed," Wade stated.

While on the trip fellow teammate, 2011 Linebacker P.L. Lindley pledged his commitment to the Sooners as well. This obviously can only help Wade with any home sick issues once he gets to Norman.

"It feels great to go down there with someone you know and have been a teammate with, so it helps to be more comfortable."

After Wade committed a lot of Sooner fans started to wonder about the offer due to his listing at 240-pounds. But rest assured Sooner Nation Wade has already fixed that issue.

"I'm 6-foot-4 and 293-pounds," Wade began. "I'm trying to get bigger right now. I'm in baseball right now but once it's over I'll go back to football. I lift in the mornings because with baseball I don't have the same opportunities to workout with my teammates so I take care of that in the mornings and lift."

Getting bigger throughout the year obviously helped Wade when looking at his stats, which I'm sure opposing quarterbacks weren't too thrilled about.

"I'm not totally sure about my tackles but I think it was about 60-tackles along with 14-sacks," Wade explained.

With his junior day visit now in the books Wade is looking to visit Norman again next time when the Sooners are on the field and making the pads pop.

"I'm hoping to get back up there for the spring once football practice starts back up."

Sooners Illustrated Top Stories