Kenosha Bradford (Wisc.) defensive back Trae Waynes came to Michigan State, blazed an outstanding 40…
MADISON – The summer life of a college football recruit has officially begun for Trae Waynes. Traveling from state-to-state attending as many camps and visiting as many universities as possible is often the norm for big-time senior-to-be high school football players. Waynes, a defensive back recruit from Kenosha Bradford, began a series of one-day camps and visits last Thursday at Iowa State. "I'm going to be gone for a while," Waynes told Badger Nation. Waynes has already taken full advantage, running a 4.24 40-yard dash, prompting an offer from the Cyclones coaching staff a week later. The 6-foot, 165-pound Waynes, with visits to Ball State and Bowling Green already in hand, will then journey to Toledo, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois, Central Michigan and others if time allows. He also hopes to attend a one-day camp for in-state Wisconsin. "I have a lot of interest (in the Badgers)," said Waynes, who has also fielded scholarship offers from North Dakota and North Dakota State. "I've been there a couple times, so I'd like to get up there a few more." But his biggest moment to shine so far came at the prestigious National Underclassmen Combine. At the camp in Chicago, Waynes recorded a 4.37 40-yard dash, 4.45 shuttle, 33-inch vertical jump, 118-inch broad jump and bench pressed 185-pounds 14 times. The camp, which Waynes also attended last year, gives recruits a chance to run various drills against some of the top talent in the nation. Those who excel during workouts will be chosen to play in an all-star game, which wasn't a part of the 2009 camp, in Oklahoma later in the summer. It was at that combine last summer when Waynes ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash to win a race against one of the country's biggest recruits. "That was pretty cool," Waynes said of last year's experience. "It's a good experience to go out and compete against those types of athletes." Because Waynes, a honorable-mention all-conference selection as a junior, also played baseball at Bradford this past spring, he's often struggled to find time to train for football. But lately, he has gone to Carthage College to work out with both his dad and running back Melvin Gordon, a fellow recruit from his high school. "I've been going to Carthage, working out with Melvin and my dad doing DB drills," said Waynes, who is also considering Michigan State, Iowa, Louisville and Akron. "It's kind of hard, though, because baseball just ended, so I didn't get a lot of time to do that. So, I'm just going as much as possible." Waynes and Gordon, who has fielded 12 Division 1 offers (including one from Wisconsin), have played football together for years and have developed a close relationship. "Me and (Gordon) are really good friends," Waynes said. "I was actually with him (Tuesday) working out. He usually tries to come to camps wherever I go just to support and watch. Up to three offers, Waynes hopes his summer visits will lead to more coming his way. "Just more recognition," Waynes said of what he hopes to get out of camps. "(I'll) try to get more people looking at me."
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