Thursday, November 1, 2012
Brett Wade excited to get A&M jumpstart
By Sam Khan Jr.
Texas A&M four-star linebacker commit Brett Wade has excelled for Kennedale (Texas) High School and can't wait to enroll at Texas A&M in the spring.
Since Kennedale (Texas) High School reached the district portion of its schedule, the defense has been good. Really good.
Texas A&M commit Brett Wade has been a part of that dominance. The four-star inside linebacker led off district play with a three-interception game against Springtown (Texas) High School on Oct. 12, a 48-17 win for Kennedale. In the last two games, the Wildcats haven't allowed a single point and in the last three games, they've outscored their opponents 193-17.
"It's been going really good, honestly," Wade said. "The last two games we've played, the total offense between [our opponents] is 8 yards. In all of district, which is three games, we've forced 13 turnovers."
On the field, Wade's season has been going well. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect, who is ranked 14th at his position nationally, is enjoying being a part for what is currently a dominant defense.
"The key has been everybody finally just realizing what the scheme of the defense is and figure out where they fit and that kind of thing," Wade said. "Individually, I'm a little bit behind where I usually am, but that's just because everyone else is playing so good right now."
Off the field, Wade has been impressed by what he has seen Texas A&M do. He has had the chance to visit College Station, Texas, for three of the Aggies home games -- Florida, South Carolina State and LSU.
"Every time I go down there for a game or something like that, it's a great atmosphere," Wade said. "It's really cool to see that people thought they were going to get stomped on and they're a lot more competitive than people thought."
Wade had relationships with the previous Texas A&M coaching staff and of course, the current one. He said special teams coordinator Brian Polian has attended a few of his games and on his trips to College Station, he's had the chance to spend time with linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt, defensive coordinator Mark Snyder and head coach Kevin Sumlin.
"The new coaches, they're awesome," Wade said. "Mostly I've talked to the defensive coaches, the guys I'm going to be around."
Texas A&M's membership in the SEC meant a lot to Wade.
"That was one of the places that I wanted to be, going into things," Wade said. "I could have played in pretty much whatever conference that I chose. But that's where all the big football is played."
Wade won't waver on his commitment. He's scheduled to graduate in December and join the Aggies for the spring semester. He wants to study engineering, so going to Texas A&M seemed like a natural fit for him academically as well.
"On the academic side of things they have everything that I want to study, which is engineering," Wade said. "I'll be there in December. I'm graduating early and I'll be there mid-semester."
He said he's excited about getting a head start on his college career.
"Everyone I've talked to said it's the biggest advantage you can have," he said.