The defensive line position was loaded at the recent NorCal NIKE Camp and one player who had a very impressive showing was Portland (Ore.) Benson Tech defensive tackle Myles Wade. Wade showed he should be mentioned among the top five DTs in the West and recently picked up his third scholarship offer following the camp.
At 6-1, 316 pounds, Wade has a great frame and man handled the opposing linemen he went up against in Stanford. The tackle tested well running a 5.22 in the 40, 4.75 in the shuttle, jumped 29 inches in the vertical and did 29 reps on the bench and his 70.80 SPARQ Rating was one of the best in the camp among the linemen.
Wade was equally as impressive in the position drills and was rated among the top three DLs in the camp by lead line coach Marty Spaulding.
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"I don't like to talk about myself because I don't want to sound like I'm bragging or anything but I thought I was the best defensive lineman there," Wade said. "I felt really good all day, quick and explosive. No one came close to blocking me in the one on one drills and after I took a couple of reps, one of the coaches told me he had seen enough and said to let a few other players get in some action."
Wade came in to the camp with offers from Oregon and Oregon State and picked up offer No. 3 on Monday.
"I got a text message from Colorado yesterday saying they're offering me a scholarship and to expect something in the mail later this week," Wade said. "I never really thought that much about Colorado before but I'm definitely interested in them now. I really want to stay on the West Coast but Colorado is close to home so distance won't be a factor at all if I went there.
"I also got a call from Cal last night saying how interested they are in me. They want me to take an unofficial visit out there so I'm going to try and see if I can do that. I would like to make an early commitment, probably some time in June so I'll probably try and take some unofficial visits in the next few months."
Wade grew up an Oregon fan and received his first offer from Oregon State so we asked which of the two is holding the lead right now.
"I honestly don't have a leader between those two or Colorado right now," Wade said. "I like both schools a lot and will try and check things out at both places one last time before making a decision. I also like USC, UCLA and Notre Dame in addition to the two Oregon schools, Cal and Colorado, those are my favorites right now."