The 6-0, 220-pounder is considered one of the state’s Top 50 recruits. More importantly, he’s as disruptive as any linebacker in Texas in 2013. Brett dearly wanted to be an Aggie and on the offer from Kevin Sumlin mere hours after receiving the long-awaited good news. Prior to that, the Kennedale standout’s offer list included Arizona State, Clemson, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Baylor, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Arizona, Houston, Colorado, Tulsa, SMU and Purdue. Wade was also attracting legitimate interest from Arkansas, OSU and Oklahoma. But when the Aggies stepped forward with an offer he wasted no time in making the call to commit.
A true downhill linebacker who attacks opposing ball-carriers and tends to obliterate them on contact, Brett has tremendous natural timing and tackles with excellent technique. In fact, he’s one of the most physical tacklers in Texas and consistently knocks ball-carriers backwards upon impact. A middle linebacker at the high school level, Wade will begin his Aggie career on the weakside at the WILL spot.
There might not be a single area that Aggie DC Mark Snyder knows better than identifying and projecting linebacker talent, a skill he honed while stockpiling All-Americans at Ohio State. Based on size and style of play, I’m not sure the former Buckeyes assistant wasn’t reminded of St. Louis Rams standout James Laurinaitis when he saw Wade in person this spring.
Wade stands a shade over 6-0, so height is not a concern. Meanwhile, he carries a chiseled 220-plus pounds on his frame and should be able to top out at around 6-1, 235. Again, we’re talking about a very disruptive front seven defender who will only get better as he learns to play without hesitation.
This fall, Brett capped off a sensational high school career by recording 152 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 3 interceptions and a forced fumble. As a junior, Wade totaled 130 tackles (98 solo) and 5 sacks. A versatile athlete, he added 273 yards and 3 TDs on 37 carries on offense. In 2010, Brett emerged as college prospect following a 124-tackle, 4 sacks sophomore season that also included 9 tackles for loss.
Stats2010 124 tackles, 9 TFL, 5 sacks
2011 130 tackles, 5 sacks; 37 carries for 273 yards and 3 TDs
2012: 152 tackles, 15 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 INTs, 1 FF
Honors2011 8-3A First Team All-District
2012: 3A All-State Honorable Mention (AP); First Team Super Team (Star-Telegram); 3A All-State Honorable Mention Academic Team; 6-3A Defensive Player of the Year