Another Jonathan Wade?

He's not Jonathan Wade world class sprinter and he's not Jonathan Wade All-SEC cornerback, but Jonathan Wade of Meadowbrook High School in Richmond, Va., would like to make a name for himself as a college football player.

To achieve that objective he has been making the rounds of camps and combines this summer in hopes of attracting some attention and offers. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Wade played both safety and corner last season for the Monarchs, but probably projects as a safety or linebacker at the next level.

Jonathan Wade hasn't shown the type of speed most schools are looking for in the secondary but he does have excellent quickness and transition skills. "At the Nike Camp I ran a 4.7 flat," he said. "I don't know what I'm running now. I've picked up my speed some but I didn't run what I wanted at the Tennessee camp. I have game speed. Game speed is a lot different than being timed.

He also has good lateral speed as demonstrated by his excellent shuttle clocking at the Nike Camp.

"My shuttle time at the Nike Camp was a 4.17," he said. "It was in the top ten for all the defensive backs at camp. That was pretty good."

He also has very good strength with a 315-pound bench press and 400-pound squat.

"I say my speed with my size are my strengths," he said. "My 40 time might not say so, but I think I'm pretty fast. When the ball is thrown on the field it seems like I'm always there. It's like my coach says, I'm like a ball hawk. Wherever the ball is I'm right there."

This is the fourth year Wade has played varsity ball at Meadowbrook. Most of that time he started at safety, but he was moved to corner late last season because of an injury to a starter and showed he was an outstanding man defender.

"I like safety," he said. "They played me at corner last year and I shut down the other team's top receiver. After that they just put me on the best receiver. I had a lot of breakups and deflected passes."

Scholarship offers haven't been as easy to come by, but the interest he is receiving from colleges is genuine and he his senior season to prove he deserves a shot. Tennessee is among those schools interested in Wade.

"I don't have any offers yet," he stated. "I'm still waiting. I just have to keep working and be patient."

However having the same name as a current college star gives Wade a feel of what would be like as a big man on campus, especially if the campus is the University of Tennessee.

"I happened to stumble on that about a year ago," he said of first learning about the other Jonathan Wade. "I was playing around on the Internet and I said I wonder what would happen if I put my name in Goggle? I put my name in there and it came up with all of these Jonathan Wade stories. It was Jonathan Wade at Tennessee with all his track and football stories.

"When I was up at Tennessee's camp every time Coach (Larry) Slade would tell somebody this is Jonathan Wade everybody would look back at me."

Incidentally, like UT's Wade, Meadowbrook's Wade also competes in track.

"I do run track, but I'm not a sprinter," he said. "I compete in the long jump and triple jump. As a sophomore, I had a long jump of over 21 feet long jump and 44 feet in the triple jump."

Now Jonathan Wade would like to make that jump to the next level.


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