January 25, 2009

Four-star JUCO DT makes the call

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The Red Raiders are keeping the momentum going. Two weeks after convincing four-star receiver Eric Ward to decommit from Oklahoma and enroll at Texas Tech, Mike Leach and his staff have pulled off another impressive recruiting coup.

Tonight, during his in-home visit with Leach, defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill and outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons, four-star junior college defensive tackle Myles Wade committed to the Red Raiders.

"That's where my heart wanted to be," said Wade. "I think it's the best place for me to continue my academic career, that's what I'm going there for. Football is a plus. I just want to keep that in perspective.

"Texas Tech has a 79-percent graduation rate amongst public schools, and that's No. 1 in the country. And that means a lot to me. As far as minority graduation rates, it's 71-percent, which is also No. 1 in the country. This time around, being a JUCO guy, a non-qualifier, I really appreciate the academics a lot more."

Wade took an official visit to the South Plains last week, and had a feeling that Texas Tech was the right place for him.

"I told myself [before the visit] that I was going to Lubock, see how it is first, then if I get home and feel comfortable with it, then I'm going to commit," he said. "That's exactly what I told myself."

By waiting to commit until his in-home visit with the Red Raider staff, Wade's father and sister had an opportunity to meet his future coaches.

"I appreciated Leach coming to see me, it meant a lot to my dad." said Wade. "His main concern was, 'Are you guys going to take care of my son?' They said, 'Yeah, You have your dad here in Portland, and your other fathers/mentors down there in Lubbock.' On that whole visit, there were no smoke and mirrors. The honesty and the character that came into play, I just thank God for this opportunity again and I know my mother is up in heaven crying tears of joy right now for me and my dad and my sister. I've been given a second chance."

And Wade is very serious about making the most out of his second chance.

"I'm very focused and I can only thank God for Texas Tech giving me this opportunity. They are letting me come to their school to play football and I will help them win. People may read this and call B.S. but I'm going to get a bachelor's and a masters' there."

Wade has three years of eligibility remaining and is rated by Rivals.com as the 18th-best 2009 junior college prospect in the country.

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