Midwest City (Okla.) Carl Albert is one of the perennial programs in the state of Oklahoma and year in and year out they have some of the better players in the region. This upcoming recruiting season is no exception – especially with offensive lineman Dain Wise around.
The 6-foot-5 ¼, 270-pound Wise is one of the better prospects in the state of Oklahoma for the Class of 2005 and the attention that he’s getting already is nothing short of flattering he said.
“I’ve been told that people have been talking about me on the radio and that I’m going to be one of the top players in the state,” he said. “It’s kind of weird to hear yourself talked about like that. But it’s also really cool, too. I never really imagined that any of this would be happening.”
But it is.
Wise is already getting regular recruiting mail from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Nebraska. He said he doesn’t have any offers at this point but hopes to pick some up soon, and he just might because he’s one of the better drive blockers around.
“I think I really block downfield well,” he said. “I think I’ve got good feet that allow me to get downfield and find guys to block after I’m finished with the first block. I’m better at run blocking now than I am with pass blocking. I just like the chance to be aggressive.”
Wise, who has a 5.09-second time in the 40-yard dash and a 325-pound bench press, said he is working hard to become a better pass blocker and to add more strength this off season.
“We run the ball about 75 percent of the time and when we do pass it is play action, so it’s like run blocking still,” he said. “I’m going to really work hard on that area and get better at it. But I also want to get faster and stronger, too.”
Wise did spend one day at an Oklahoma State mini-camp last summer, but he said at this point he would have to be favoring the Sooners.
“I’m an OU fan,” he said. “My dad, Craig, ran track there from 1967-71, so I had no choice but to be an OU fan. It’s a great school and they have a great program. I really haven’t thought too much about recruiting yet and what I would do if they offered me. It’s such an important decision that you don’t want to rush into it.”