Wade Grateful to be Honored

Portland, Ore. -- Central Catholic High School defensive end Myles Wade was named today as an U.S. Army All-American and will participate in the U.S. America Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Alamodome. Wade is one of the nations top high school players and has verbally committed to play his college football at the University of Oregon.

A ceremony was held at Central Catholic on Monday morning announcing the selection of Myles Wade to the prestigious high school all-star game. Wade will be among 80 of the country's very best high school football players that will take the field in a game that will be aired on NBC with a scheduled kickoff for 11:00 a.m. (MST).

Wade, 6-2, 308 is a dominating defensive player that typically draws double or triple-team blockers in attempts to keep him from disrupting what opposing offenses try to do. He is very quick and has the ability to run down quarterbacks and running backs before a play can develop. Known as a high-energy player, Wade demonstrates his enthusiasm for the game by playing just as hard in routine practices as he does in games.

Wade thanked his parents, past and present coaches and teammates for all the support they have given him and also gave a special thanks to the men and women of the United States Army for the service to the country.

"As football players on Friday nights, we sacrifice ourselves for our teams, our schools and each other," reflected Wade. "But what the men and women who serve our country are fighting for is a greater and more important cause and I appreciate that."

Wade is one of the few football players to ever be selected for the U.S. Army All-American game. Two years ago Ndamukong Suh from Grant High School in Portland played in the 2005 game and in 2001 Derek Anderson from Scappose was selected for the game. The big Central Catholic defensive lineman was honored to be named as an All-American, but reminded the assembled media that the state of Oregon has many good athletes.

"There are a lot of good football players here in the state of Oregon," said Wade. "Not just here (Central Catholic) but on the West Side, Jesuit, Lake Oswego and all the other high schools in Oregon."

In July, Wade publicly announced that he would attend Oregon. He chose the Ducks over Oregon State and Colorado and any doubts about his commitment is easily resolved when Wade talks about what he thinks will happen when he is a Duck.

"We'll be competing for a National Championship when I'm at Oregon," Wade predicted. "That's what I believe."

Wade's commitment to Oregon will become formalized when he signs a National Letter of Intent. The earliest he can sign and send the letter to Oregon is February 7, 2007.

The U.S. Army All-American game will be televised on NBC on January 6, 2007 with a kickoff scheduled for 11:00 a.m. (MST).

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