Rick Wade was all set to commit to UCLA and then USC offered but after that has settled in it still looks like the Bruins are the team to beat.
The Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita Catholic defensive end said this past weekend at the Huntington Beach 7on7 that he plans to visit both schools in the coming weeks but that UCLA is still in good shape in his recruitment.
"It definitely mixes some stuff up," Wade said of the USC offer. "I'm going to have to visit both schools and see how things are going but right now my heart is still with UCLA."
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Wade, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound three-star prospect, said the USC offer could delay things for a little while - especially since he wants to visit both programs before making a commitment - but that the timetable to make a decision before the season starts is still in the works.
The feeling from Wade and others is that UCLA remains in solid shape.
"I'm definitely going to try to get it done before the season but it's obviously made me hesitate a little bit," Wade said. "Both schools are huge.
"My heart is pretty set though (with UCLA). If (USC) turns out to be my place, then it will be my place."
The Santa Margarita standout said he plans to visit UCLA this week. Teammate K.J. Costello, a 2016 quarterback, is expected to visit with the Bruins on Friday but a date for Wade has not been finalized yet.
Wade said on Saturday that he still planned to visit USC but a date has not been worked out. The three-star prospect definitely has UCLA out front and it's unexpected that unofficial visits will play a major factor in changing anything in terms of a commitment.
"We'll see what happens," Wade said.