When you are one of the top 50 prospects in the nation, you draw a lot of attention from powerhouse schools all over the country.
That attention has led Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy four-star cornerback Shaun Wade on a whirlwind tour of the country this spring. Wade has visited campuses far and wide, making a stop in Columbus, Ohio — to visit the school he is committed to — as well as a number of places he wanted to learn more about. He has taken unofficial visits to USC, Notre Dame, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Georgia and others.
“I’m just looking at other schools trying to see what they have to offer,” Wade said.
Though he is committed to Ohio State, the No. 4 cornerback in the nation plans to take all five of his official visits.
“There are a lot of schools that really want me. I’m trying to narrow that down this summer,” Wade said. “The only official visit I know I’m going to take is Ohio State.”
Wade came across the country to check out the Trojans in action during spring practices in April and came away impressed.
“It was a nice campus. They said they need some cornerbacks because Adoree’ [Jackson] is leaving, so I was looking into that. My parents said USC is somewhere they would like for me to go [visit], so I was just looking forward to it.
“I got close to the coaches and they all want to meet my mother, so the plan is to get back up there, but I don’t know when I’m going to do that.”
The coaching staff wanted the 6-foot-2, 175-pound corner to come out for the Rising Stars Camp this week, but after all the recent visits, money was a little tight around the Wade household. A return visit is on the to-do list though.
“I like Coach Ronnie Bradford. He actually texted me today. I was talking to him today. He was just talking about he needs a corner that can come right in and play.
“He said he wants to recruit from Florida, but he’s recruiting me because he knows I can come right in and play and he really wants to coach me. That’s one of the things I want is to come right in and play.”
Wade is still learning about the Trojans. Being from Florida, he doesn’t have a vast knowledge of USC and the traditions of the cardinal and gold, but he has already picked up on some of the highlights it has to offer.
“I know they have a lot of draft picks. They have the most draft picks. The most first rounders. The campus is nice. It’s in Cali. There are a lot of people that come back to USC to work out. When I was up there, I saw Beast Mode [Marshawn Lynch]. I saw Candace Parker. There’s a lot of dudes that come up there to train and stuff. I know they have a lot of connects up there as well.”