Rick Wade is a fast rising defensive player who definitely looks the part. He's a 6-6, 230 pound athlete with the ability to play three positions in college. He has offers as a defensive end, outside 'backer and tight end but with his frame, we think he projects best as a rush end at the next level.
We saw Wade in action at UCLA's Elite Camp last month and the Bruins offered a scholarship just a week later. When we talked to him on Saturday at the Edison tournament, it sounded like he was on the verge of committing.
"I'm going to visit UCLA with my mom right after the dead period," Wade said. "I'm not going to force anything but if all goes well and my mom is good with it, there's a good chance I'll go ahead and commit. I really like UCLA a lot and have a great relationship with the coaches. I'm comfortable there so that's where things are at right now."
Just one day later, USC threw their hat in the ring and offered.
"This is huge because I grew up a USC fan and my dad went to school there," Wade said. "Early in the process, they were recruiting me but then things just stopped and I hadn't heard from them in a while. Sunday I talked to Coach Sark and he told me they were offering, I was pretty shocked by it actually.
"He wants me to come up to the school for a visit and I'm planning to do that soon. They offered me as an outside linebacker and I'm comfortable playing just about anywhere. It's going to be a really tough decision now. It's a huge decision and I'm going to take my time and really think it out.
"I'm a man of my word, once I commit somewhere, that will be it. I won't take any other visits or talk to any other schools so I really want to make sure I'm doing the right thing before I commit. I still think it will be before the season but if not and I still don't know, I won't rush it."
Wade said in addition to the local schools, he's also looking at California and Oregon but it does sound like he'll likely stay in SoCal to play his college ball.
Two-Team Race for Wade?
Bruin Report Online Top Stories
Why Did UCLA's Rush Defense Collapse v. Utah?Oct. 24 -- It's the bye week of the season, so we have time to break down specific issues that we've seen last week or throughout the season. The most dire, pressing one from last…
Bruin Report Online3:23 PM
Fafaul On Getting Back On TrackOct. 24 -- UCLA quarterback Mike Fafaul spoke about his performance against Utah, the status of Josh Rosen and more...
Bruin Report Online1:07 PM
Mora's Monday Press ConferenceOct. 24 -- UCLA head coach Jim Mora spoke about the loss to Utah, explaining how the Utes had success in the running game, offered an update on Josh Rosen, the effect this season…
Bruin Report Online12:37 PM
VIDEO: 4-Star Tyreke Smith Talks UCLA OfferOct. 24 -- One of the top 2018 prospects in the Midwest is Tyreke Smith, and the four-star defensive end continues to add Power Five offers. His most recent are from Tennessee and…
Bruin Report Online12:49 PM