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."