Wade Leaving His Mark

OCT. 27 -- The Santa Margarita (Calif.) defensive end and UCLA commit, Rick Wade, has made a big jump as a senior, earning four stars while staying solid to the Bruins...

Santa Margarita (Calif.) defeated Anaheim (Calif.) Servite on Friday thanks to a standout defensive performance led by UCLA commit Rick Wade.

“The highlight of the game was our defense, they performed very well. Our offense obviously did really good, but I think the heart of our team was the defense. We really shut them down, and took the spirit away from them.” said Wade.

Wade, who stands at 6-5, 240, showed great power and physicality off the line, racking up twelve tackles on the night.

Though the defensive end feels most comfortable on the line, the verbal commit is willing to play anywhere he’s put for UCLA.

“I’m honestly fine with wherever I play as long as I can play. If I can get on the field early, whatever I can do to help my team is perfectly fine with me,” said Wade. “I love being able to let my body go and just release all your aggression, and just being able to go out and play full speed, but I’m not picky. I have been keeping in contact with the coaches throughout the season but they have talked to me just a little bit as far as to what position I will be contributing at.”

One thing he does know for sure is he is still 100% committed to UCLA.

“Yeah I’m solid,” said Wade. “I am a Bruin.”

The senior, who has 60 tackles and 3 sacks in the first eight games, is happy with how the Eagles have played thus far, and has capitalized on the opportunity to be a leader on and off the field.

“It’s great, especially now that I’m a senior to actually get the chance to take control of my team. We’re doing well because our seniors are picking it up,” said Wade.

The Eagles improved to 6-2 on the year, which is a great improvement from their 4-6 season last year.

Wade is confident that this Eagles team has the ability to win out in the ever-tough Trinity League.

“I think we will do well, make playoffs. I mean, we will make playoffs, than we have our sights set on CIF,” said Wade.

Although Bruin fans have to wait a year until they see him in a UCLA uniform, Wade assures he will be a valuable asset to the team.

“Just expect that I’m going to go all out, be aggressive every play, and give it my all,” said Wade.

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