Quarterback Darius Wade (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) got a chance to see the Ohio State machine in motion. Now, the junior quarterback wouldn’t mind taking it for a spin.
On campus for the first time, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Wade was awed by Braxton Miller and the OSU offense.
“It was very impressive,” Wade said. “They were doing third-down situation stuff and were moving as fast as anything.
“When I talked to Coach [Tom] Herman, he said that’s not even as fast as they can go. They’re a very quick, on-the-ball type of offense with big, explosive players that can make plays at any time. Their defense was making plays as well. It was an overall great practice with a great overall atmosphere. I definitely enjoyed it.”
It is well documented that Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) is the only junior quarterback offered by the Buckeyes. Wade wouldn’t mind being the second after seeing how the team rolls. In fact, hearing positive things out of Ohio State will likely bring him back in June for one of the school’s camps.
“I had a chance to throw in front of Coach Herman earlier, but Coach Urban Meyer has a different feel on things,” Wade said. “He wants to put you through the wringer himself and see how you are under pressure and see you in unnatural situations to see if you’re that guy.
“He’s trying to figure out who he can give the keys to the Lamborghini to. He doesn’t want to take a chance and give it to the wrong person. It’s extraordinary to know these guys you see on television, these big-time college coaches who have coached some of these great teams to the biggest stage, for them to say, ‘Hey, I watched your highlight tape and loved what I saw. I love you as a player.’ It’s a great compliment and is amazing to hear. It really does drive me to prove these guys right.”
The coaches’ words weren’t the only thing that impressed Wade as he walked away knowing just how big things are at Ohio State. Being an East Coast athlete, he also learned quite a bit about the tradition of the Buckeyes.
“You get the understanding things will be top notch in their situation because they’re a consistent winning program,” Wade said. “They have all the resources and accommodations. To be able to walk through and find out all the great players that passed through there. I didn’t know Cris Carter went to Ohio State, but he did. I didn’t know Paul Warfield went to Ohio State, but he did. There’s so much history you might pass over until you get there. It was a huge history lesson from me.
“It was an overall great visit and definitely piqued my interest in The Ohio State University more.”
Wade currently has offers from Boston College, Bucknell, Delaware, Massachusetts, Nebraska and Syracuse.
As a junior, he passed for 2,275 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushed for 546 yards and seven more scores.