An Offer He Couldn't Refuse

Kennedale linebacker Brett Wade fell in love with Texas A&M during a football game at Kyle Field last fall. However, after a change in the coaching staff that reset his A&M recruitment, Wade's persistence and patience finally paid off on Wednesday. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop has the details.

It was an offer he hoped would come. In fact, Kennedale inside linebacker Brett Wade knew where he wanted to play his college ball after attending his first Texas Aggie football game at Kyle Field last fall. That statement drips with irony when you consider that the 6-foot-1, 225 pound line never really liked Texas A&M growing up.

"To be honest, I hated Texas A&M growing up," Wade said. "But I went to the OSU game last fall and I fell in love with the place. The atmosphere and the traditions are incredible. From that point on, that's where I wanted to go."

After several junior days and unofficial visits, and dealing with a change over in the Texas A&M coaching staff this offseason, Wade received the news he'd been waiting for since last September.

"Around 1:00, I saw that Coach Wallerstedt (A&M LB coach) left a message on Facebook for me to call him. I told my teacher I had to go to the rest room and went outside to call," Wade said. "He said they wanted to offer me a scholarship, that they liked what they saw at practice last week."

After a few phone calls and some soul searching, the Kennedale product felt three hours was long enough and he was ready to make it official. It was an offer he couldn't refuse.

"After thinking about it, I knew that's where I wanted to be, so after school I called Coach Wallerstedt back," Wade said. "I committed to Texas A&M. It feels good."

Wade has been a steady playmaker in the middle of Kennedale's defense for two seasons. In 2011 alone, he registered 130 tackles and five sacks. He credits his instincts for his success on the field, but his reputation is that of a ferocious hitter.

"I feel my strengths are my instincts on the field and being around the ball," Wade said. "I play downhill and I close quickly on the ball and make the big hit. I go all out on every play."

The high three-star linebacker has offers from a wide range of schools across the country including Arizona, Clemson, Kansas State, Missouri, and Texas Tech. Despite all of the interest throughout the country, Wade says his verbal commitment to the Aggies on Wednesday will end the process for him.

"I'm very happy with my choice. This is where I'm comfortable and where I want to go to school," Wade said. "This ends the recruiting process. We have 19 returning starters and I want to focus on winning the state title as a senior."

Wade plans to study engineering at Texas A&M.

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