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LB Brett Wade ready for Texas junior day

2/24/2012

Kennedale (Texas) linebacker Brett Wade’s interest in the University of Texas is relatively high. On a scale of one to 10 – with 10 being the highest – Wade said Texas gets an eight.

And that is before Saturday’s junior day, which could sell him even more on the Longhorns. Wade, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound inside linebacker, will be in Austin Saturday and hopes to get two important things out of the trip.

“An offer,” Wade said, “and just more looks around the school.”

Wade said the past history of the football program and overall atmosphere of the campus is intriguing. He’s hoping to learn more about the coaching staff and visit with a few individuals who can tell him even more about the program.

Wade said receiving an offer would be great, but don’t expect him to make a quick commitment.

“Honestly, I don’t think I’ll pull the trigger with anyone the first time,” Wade said. “I want to see what everyone has to offer and go from there.”

Wade has picked up offers this week from Arizona, SMU and Ole Miss. He had previously been offered by Baylor, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Missouri, Clemson and Tulsa. Wade has yet to receive a Texas offer, but he has been recruited by defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Bruce Chambers.

“Considering how some junior days are, I’m looking forward to this weekend,” Wade said. “A lot of junior days are open to everybody. Texas seems a little more exclusive in who they invite. I respect that, and I want to thank them for inviting me.

“I’ve been around Coach Diaz a little bit, but I want to learn more about him and the rest of the coaches. I also want to get a better feel of everything. Austin is Austin, but I want to know what’s going on behind the scenes.”