Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII defensive tackle Dalyn Wade-Perry has some of the top programs in the nation recruiting him.
The three-star recruit has teams like Stanford, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and UCLA in constant contact. At 6-foot-3, 335 pounds, “D-Wade” as his friends call him is a big man, but he feels he doesn’t just bring size to the equation.
“I'm like a point guard,” Wade-Perry said. “If this was basketball, I would be a point guard just from my mindset. I like to control the tempo…I just feel like when I'm on the field, I have that kind of pull sometimes.”
Wade-Perry will have a busy offseason. He visited Florida State last weekend, Brian Dohn reported both the Cardinal and Rutgers are visiting him this week, and he also plans on visiting UCLA on December 9th and is heading to The Farm on January 13th.
Wade-Perry has plenty of options, and the Cardinal have been the leader for a while now.
“It's the total package, it’s the academics, the football,” Wade-Perry said. "And everyone you talk to, whether they’re a football person, coach or parent, it seems like you can't go wrong with that program. When I visited in May, my mom loved it.”
D-Wade and his mom are very close and value the time they have together. That time can be limited because his mother lives on the other side of New Jersey while he stays with a host family near the Pope John campus.
“I've been doing this since freshman year so now it's just normal to me,” Wade-Perry said. “I feel like going into college, it will be good because I already know what it's like to live away from home, how to live with other people and basically (I) have to be able to adjust to them and do what I got to do.”
Wade-Perry said his mother bought in to him living with a host family with Pope John’s mix of academics and football, something he is looking for in a college as well.
“It's been a long process getting admitted,” Wade-Perry said. “But if I get that call saying I got in it would be a huge sigh of relief. I can finally stop worrying about that and focus on my next move.”
On the field, Wade-Perry hopes to build his endurance and stamina mentally and physically to prepare for the college game.
“It will be a huge leap and this off-season I am focusing on endurance and stamina and get in my body in shape.”
The defensive tackle said he plans on committing in January, though if he has his mind made up, he could commit sooner.