April 20, 2006

Bruin target has a unique perspective

The recruiting game is a lot about colleges selling themselves to prospective student-athletes on the benefits of choosing their school. Many times, then, recruits get caught up with where they can play early and whose depth chart fits them best. That's not the case with Portland, Ore., Benson Tech defensive tackle Myles Wade, who has a different perspective.


The 6-2, 290-pound Wade is a Rivals.com pre-evaluation top 100 prospect with obvious game. Yet, he does not want to be known as just a football player. He helps out in his community with Special Olympics, an organization whose benefits hit very close to home for Wade.


"I support Special Olympics 100-percent because my little sister has Down syndrome and she is going to start getting involved in these types of events," said Wade, who has learned from being a volunteer. "It shows that I have been blessed and that God has really given me a great opportunity to play football and play at the next level in college."


Wade's primary focus is on Pac-10 schools. Notre Dame and Connecticut are the two schools outside the Pac-10 whom Wade is also focusing on.

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