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Monday, January 14, 2013
Introducing the class: LB Brett Wade

By Sam Khan Jr.

"Introducing the class" is a series in which GigEmNation conducts a Q&A session with each of the incoming recruits in Texas A&M's 2013 class to give readers a closer look at each recruit individually. Today, we visit with Kennedale (Texas) High School linebacker Brett Wade.

Wade is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound inside linebacker who will begin his Texas A&M career working out at the "Will" or weakside linebacker position. He's a four-star prospect and is ranked 14th in the nation at his position. He led Kennedale to a 9-3 record an undefeated district record and district championship. Kennedale made it to the second round of the Texas Class 3A Division I playoffs, where it fell to eventual state champion Stephenville (Texas) High School.

Wade concluded the season with 152 tackles and is one of nine Aggies who are mid-year additions to the program. He is one of four high school prospects who graduated in December in order to enroll for classes in January. Here's our Q&A with Wade, who committed to the Aggies on May 23, 2012:

GigEmNation: What made you commit to Texas A&M?
Brett Wade:
"Just the fact that they the major and stuff that I wanted, I liked their coaching staff and the fact that I'll probably get to play early."

GEN: What first made you take up football?
BW:
"My mom actually put me in it. I was a baseball player, then my mom put me in it. I was in third grade. I played nose guard. I was always bigger. I moved to linebacker in probably junior high. My sophomore year [of high school] I started understanding it and getting better at [playing linebacker]."

GEN: What has life been like since your commitment?
BW:
"Recruiting-wise it's been quiet. I'm happy where I am and I'm pretty sure everybody realized how happy I was and didn't try to contact me as much."

GEN: Describe your first meeting with Kevin Sumlin. What was your first impression?
BW:
"I actually met him my junior year at Houston at a camp in DeSoto. I really liked him there. He was looking for seniors that he could pick up quick. I knew him when he came to Texas A&M. I was recruited by the old staff but when he got to A&M, I got recruited by the new staff too and he remembered me, so we were good to go. He's a player's coach. He's not stuck up. What you see on TV, that's exactly how he is."

GEN: Do you have a favorite memory of Texas A&M yet, either from your trip or from watching them this season?
BW:
"Watching them succeed this year, that was probably the biggest thing."

GEN: What's your goal this season at Texas A&M?
BW:
"I just want to learn the defense as much as I can and get as much playing time as I can."

GEN: Do you have any superstitions or routines that you have before games?
BW:
"I wear the same socks in all the games that I play."

GEN: Who has been the biggest influence on your success?
BW:
"My family. They've supported me for a long time. They knew I was going to somewhere and they supported me the most."

GEN: What's your favorite thing to do outside of football?
BW:
"Be at the race track. My family drag races. My dad has been doing it since he was 17. I grew up around the race track."

GEN: If you weren't a football player, what sport would you play?
BW:
"I'd probably be a baseball player. I played first base."

GEN: What's on your pre-game music playlist?
BW:
"There has to be some Wacka Flocka, stuff that will get you in the zone."

GEN: How have your accomplishments changed your life?
BW:
"It's given me the opportunity to have a free college, things that I would have to pay for otherwise."

GEN: What has been the biggest highlight of your playing career?
BW:
"Probably not a single highlight, but having 152 tackles last year and having 400 total for my high school career."

Major "Right now it's physics, but hopefully it will end up being engineering."

Favorite food: "I'm on the see-food diet. If I see it, I'll eat it."

Favorite car: Bentley.

Favorite NFL player: "Ray Lewis. He plays for one of the best defenses in the league and has played for 17 years in the league. He's one of the best."

Desired jersey number: 23.

Roommate: Alex Sezer.