Myles Wade – DT – Portland State
Myles Wade has not always had an easy road in life. When coming out of High School he was a very highly rated 4 star recruit and number one player coming out of Oregon. Wade played in the US Army All American game which features the best High school players in the nation. Wade is a big, athletic boy weighing in at plus 300 pounds and just over 6’1. He has always played defensive tackle and had committed to Oregon to play for the Ducks but after not being able to clear the NCAA clearinghouse, Myles had to commit to a Junior College, in which he selected Arizona Western Community College. In his first and only year with AWCC, Wade finished the season with 62 tackles and 7.5 sacks. He was rated the number 5 junior college prospect by Superprep, and was ready to make an impact on a division 1 team, but everything would change in his life, when he found out that his mother Lori Wade was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008. Myles had a major decision to make, what would he choose? Find out more about Myles Wade and his decision here in this exclusive interview.
What was your most memorable in Central Catholic High School?
Being selected to play in the US Army All American game in High School
How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school?
Roughly 40 schools were recruiting me. I was given an offers from about 8 schools
What were four of the big names that were recruiting you?
Oregon, USC, Florida, and Oregon State
You committed to Oregon in the spring of my junior year, what happened?
I didn’t qualify academically, and wasn’t able to clear NCAA Clearinghouse
How did you find out about AWCC?
The defensive line coach at Oregon was Michael Gray, and he knew the head coach, his name was James Pryor. He instructed me to go down there to play football and qualify academically to play again for Oregon.
After one year at AWCC, how come you didn’t play again in 2008?
I played for a year in 2007, and became a Junior College All American, but during that same year, my mother was diagnosed with brain cancer, and I selected family over football. My mom was dying and I wanted to be close with the family. So I decided to move back to Oregon to be with my family, in the later stages of her diagnosis. In 2008, I went back home to finish my Associates at Portland Community College while my mother was sick. In October of 2008, The University of Oregon who initially gave me a scholarship; took away my scholarship, because they thought my course load was too heavy and they didn’t think I could get it done. On December 21st, 2008 my mother passed away.
How did your life change after your mother passed away?
I was 19 years old and my sister was 8 years old. It was my father and I, taking care of my sister who has Down syndrome. My dad works 18-19 hour days, in Portland and he was really trying to redefine our family by himself. I knew that he could use me at home, and to help out with my sister. It goes to show you how quick the carpet can be pulled beneath you, when you lose someone so important.
How did you find out about Texas Tech?
Texas Tech called me right before the Cotton Bowl the year they played Ole Miss, and I received a call from Dennis Simmons out of nowhere. He said that he was going to come see me after the Cotton Bowl. Coaches Ruffin McNeil, Dennis Simmons and Mike Leach all came out to visit us, I verbally committed to play at Texas Tech, but then gained tons of interest from USC, Nebraska, Washington who all extend offers, but I committed to Texas Tech.
Why did you pick Portland State?
I felt like a lot of us were getting snubbed at Texas Tech, especially the guys who had already been there when the new coaching regime came in. But my decision to go to Portland State came because my father and sister were never able to see me play, only on television. Also Nigel Burton was recruiting me for Oregon State, and he was the coach at Portland State. So it was an easy decision for me to pick Portland State and stay at home with my family.
What are you doing right now, that school is over?
Right now I am here with my sister, and I am trying to help my family and make everything happen
Who has been the biggest help with you in your life, now that school has finished?
Fortunately over time, my father has a girlfriend who has really been helping out with my sister. Both her and my Uncle, have played important roles to my family and helping out with my sister. My trainer is also a person in my life who is trying to help me reach my football pinnacle.
Who was your favorite growing up?
Who did you mold your game after?
Two players, when I was playing Pop Warner, I was a running back/full back, I was a big boy, so I wanted to be like Jerome Bettis. When I was on Defensive Line, I have to say Warren Sapp of the Bucs
What do you think is your biggest weakness on the field?
If I make a mistake on a play, I don’t let it roll off my shoulders the way I should. Every play has a life of its own, and I have to learn to just move on to the next one.
What is your favorite food?
Who is the most inspirational person in your life?
Besides Jesus Christ, I would say my sister Olyvia who is 11 years old, people labeled her with a disability, but the people who label kids with a disability are truly the ones with a disability because they are the ones that are messed up
What teams talked with you so far?
Pittsburgh, Buffalo, New England Tennessee, and New Orleans
Thank you Myles for a wonderful interview, and I wish you all the luck in your career. Keep your head on your shoulders, and remember you have an angel on your side. May God Bless you and your family.
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