Barrington Wade doesn’t know when he’s going to make his college season. He does, however, have a leader for his services.
"Right now, (the Iowa Hawkeyes) are No. 1 on my radar. I really like the school, the program and the coaches," he said.
The Skokie (IL) Niles North High standout visited the Big Ten school for a third time on Saturday when it held it’s annual open spring scrimmage. The Hawkeyes offered him a scholarship in February.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Wade said Iowa is recruiting him as an athlete. The coaches are figuring out if he’s a running back or a linebacker.
"I don’t favor a position at the moment. I just want to play," he said.
Wade also reports scholarship offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Western Michigan. Rivals.com ranks him as the No 23 overall prospect in Illinois for the 2016 class.
Wade said he focused on the two positions he might play while watching practice Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
"I saw how the running backs were very explosive and the linebackers were on the ball and they all worked together. I really liked the hard work of the players," he said.
Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, assistant Brian Ferentz, who recruits Wade’s area, and on-campus recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell all spoke with the talented athlete who rushed for 850 yards and 20 scores as a junior.
"Their message to me was pretty much how much they would like to see me there. They think I’m what they’re looking for in a player. They think I’m a piece to something that they’re trying to build there. They like how tough I am and how I carry myself," he said.
Wade said he’s taking his time with the recruiting process.
"I’m honestly just enjoying it right now," he said.
Brian Ferentz told Wade he’d be by Niles North during the upcoming open recruiting period. He’s seen a lot of what he’s looking for in a school at Iowa.
"I want to graduate college, for one, but I also want to try to make it to the pros. I want a school that has a good vibe. I’m looking for a team that really works hard and nobody just cares about themself. They all want to work together for the same goal," he said.
Wade said that his family, who was with him on Saturday, loves Iowa. He’s considering majors in Business, Sports Medicine and Architecture.