Oregon DT staying home

Myles Wade is a 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive tackle prospect from Central Catholic High School in Portland, Ore., and the bruising DT has always had a soft spot for Oregon and Oregon State - the in-state colleges. With offers from both in hand, he set off in search of the ultimate offers. When he got back, he figured out that the ultimate offer was right next to him the whole time.

"I went down to Eugene today and saw Coach (Mike) Bellotti," Wade told Scout.com Friday. "I think he knew what was going on. He said, 'Do you have something you want to tell me?' and I said, 'Yeah, I want to be a Duck.' He slammed his hand on the table and said, 'That's fantastic!' and then he got up and gave me a hug."

The news of Wade's forthcoming news had been percolating ever since he decided not to attend USC's Rising Senior camp. "I kind of felt that since I've already been to plenty of camps and combines and they have my highlight tape - that was enough," Wade said. "And at the time, it was hard to work around my schedule."

The longer time went by, the more Wade realized that staying home was the right thing to do. "I did it today for two reasons," he said. "One, it was the right time, and two, I just really like the situation at Oregon. I really like the coaches a lot."

So how will the Ducks use Wade - picked by Scout.com as the top defensive tackle in the region - in their defensive plans? "They said that I'm quick and I have great explosiveness and those are two great attributes to have," Wade said. "I can dominate my player because I'm strong. They told me I have an opportunity to make a great impact early."

Myles will only take one official visit this winter - to Oregon, and that's it. "The coaches told me that now that I'm committed, that will open up the doors for recruiting," he said. "I guess since I'm coming, that means that other players will want to come there. But that's their decision. But I'll still say, 'Go Ducks!' and I'll go to all the functions and all the games for sure."

Wade was truly in a thankful mood on Friday - thankful for all the folks that have helped him get to the point where he can fulfil his college football dreams. "I want to thank the University of Oregon for giving me the scholarship along with the other four schools that offered me (Oregon State, Portland State, Colorado and Houston)," he said. "I want to thank my Mom, my Dad, and my sister. I'd like to than God. I'd like to thank my 8th-grade football coaches too, they really motivated me when I was younger. And I'd like to thank Central Catholic too."

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