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With all of the success Stanford has had with this year's signing class, there's a tendency to look at a three-star player differently than some of the four- and five-star prospects committing to the Cardinal. Sometimes, however, stars don't mean as much as the offer list, and Wade-Perry's list is nothing short of college football royalty. Stanford insider Jacob Rayburn quoted DWP's high school coach relaying a telling story about his player's recruitment. "Forget a five-star rating, [Florida State head coach] Jimbo Fisher said flat out, 'I'm going to tell you right now that kid is $36 million walking. That kid will be in the NFL." Before he gets to the NFL, though, he'll spend the next few years plugging the middle of Stanford's 3-4 defense. But you can expect him to do more than just occupy space, as his film (below) shows the agility and athleticism of a much smaller player.
Three years ago Harrison Phillips was pressed into service as a true freshman even though he weighed only 260 pounds. I'm not sure Wade-Perry's services will be needed this fall, but it should be noted that he's physically already far ahead of where Phillips was at the same age. It's more likely that he takes a year off before sliding into the tackle spot in between Ryan Johnson and Mike Williams to form an imposing front line.