Offensive Line, Class of 2024
Loudoun Valley, Purcellville, VA
There wasn’t nearly as much highlight film from last season as Loudon Valley (Va,) 2024 offensive tackle Mason Wade would have preferred. Then again, it wasn’t because of anything he did wrong.
During his fifth game last season, Wade fractured a vertebra in his back and missed the rest of the season. He’s full-go now, but he believes college programs have been cautious with him and many have yet to offer. Still, Wade has seven scholarship offers, and this season he’s set to prove his missed time didn’t affect his ability.
“I’m pretty sure some schools just want to make sure my back’s going to be ok during the season,” he said. “I want to prove to them that my back’s going to be fine and I can have a dominant year. I’m back to full-on 100, they just need to see that during the season. I went through the full team camp, two-a-days, two scrimmages, and my back’s fine. It really doesn’t bother me.”
Virginia Tech still saw enough in April to offer a scholarship. Wade also camped with the Hokies in June and worked extensively with assistant coach Joe Rudolph.
“Dude, I love it at Virginia Tech,” Wade said. “If I had to say, that could be one of my top [schools]. I love it there. They’re close to home, well not close, but in my state. I love the coaching staff there and the campus, ever since I saw it. It’s an amazing place for sure.”
Wade said he’s talked regularly with multiple members of the Hokies’ coaching staff, including Rudolph, assistant coach Shawn Quinn and offensive coordinator Tyle Bowen. Those conversations have given Wade a favorable impression.
“Coach Quinn, we had a call a few days ago at like ten o’clock at night,” Wade said. “They just like me there. I like it there a lot, and we have a great relationship. Every time we go there, I can joke with them and be comfortable around them, which is awesome.”
Last week, Wade added an offer from North Carolina. He also camped there in June, which gave him a sense that the Tar Heels could further pursue him.
“It was fantastic to receive that offer,” Wade said. “For me, it was a big deal. I really like what the Heels have going on with the program and at their university.”
Wade also camped this summer with Maryland, which offered in late spring.
Wade called Clemson his “dream school,” but has yet to receive an offer from the Tigers. In the meantime, he has a pair of visits planned, Oct. 1 to Maryland for its game against Michigan State and Oct. 15 to Virginia Tech for its game against Miami.
Outside of those two games, Wade said he’s unsure of what will come next in his recruitment, including any cutdown to his list of schools he’s considering.
“The way I think about it, life is full of surprises,” he said. “I’m going to just wait, meet new people, meet new coaches, just wait and see what happens during the season. I’ll continue to become closer with V-Tech, become closer with Maryland, all those schools that show interest in me. I’m just going to let the season play out, see what...
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