Decison Time Not Far Off

Portland, Ore. -- Myles Wade has been busy lately. He has just finished track where he threw a best of 53 feet 6 inches in the shot put for Benson Tech of Portland. Unfortunately he did not make state in the shot but that's fine with him as he now can devote his full attention to football. For good reason too as he has an important decision to make about where he wants to commit and he also wants to make that decision soon.

(PHOTO) Myles Wade (nearest ball) participates in a drill during the Next Step/Barton Football Camp on May 20, 2006 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. (Photo by Steve Summers)

Wade was one of 170 participants at the Next Step/Barton Football Camp held at Lewis and Clark in Portland on Saturday. This particular camp is important for prospective recruits because it is one of the last opportunities that coaches from various programs can attend to evaluate talent. The evaluation period ends on May 31st. After that the only way a coach can see first hand what a player can do is at a program-sponsored camp. There were several assistant coaches from various programs watching the drills take place on Saturday morning including Oregon defensive line coach Michael Gray and Duck receiver coach Robin Pflugrad.

Wade presently has three offers, from Oregon, Oregon State and the latest from Colorado. He's also getting lots of interest from many programs around the country. His performance last weekend at the Nike Camp held at Stanford perked lots of attention but now Myles feels like it is getting near time to make a decision. Wade would like to stay on the West Coast and even though one Pacific Northwest team has talked about making him an offer, it may be too late.

"I would like to stay in the Pac-10 like I've always been saying and my favorites Pac-10-wise are Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Cal and UCLA, outside the Pac-10 of course Colorado," said Wade. "Washington is talking about offering me late, (and if so) they'll be one of the last schools to offer me but it's kind of unfortunate because I want to get this (the recruiting process) wrapped up by the end of June or the beginning of July."

Wade was clearly the center of attention of most of the programs and coaches on hand including Grey, Washington's offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, Boise State defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and Northwestern offensive line coach Bret Ingalls. Wade is a very energetic athlete that just keeps going full speed until the whistle blows. Coach Grey from Oregon spent a great deal of time watching the 6-2, 305 pound Wade going through his paces.

"It was a good workout," said Wade of the Barton camp. "It wasn't as big as the combine I went to last weekend at Stanford, but it was nice to see my teammates out here and some other people I know. There are a whole lot of in-state people and Washington people that want to get their names out there because this is the place to go to do that."

Wade visited Oregon on April 29th the day of the Duck's spring football game in order to meet with Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti. According to Wade's dad Mike, Myles was very pumped up and excited about the offer he received from Oregon.

Will that excitement turn into a commitment by Wade to Oregon? If so Myles Wade will make the decision in about a month's time. Until then he plans on going back to Eugene for the Nike Camp on June 10th, then the following day he'll attend a half-day camp also at Oregon. He will also attend the Oregon weeklong camp or perhaps either USC or Oregon State's camp.

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