Through his first three years, that's been a pretty good recipe for success. He's been a first-team Little All-City offensive lineman the last two years but exploded on the defensive side of the ball in 2010.
Wakefield tied Quintaz Struble for the team lead with 15 sacks and added 137 tackles. And though the explosiveness of the offense received a lot of the attention, the Chargers defense was just as instrumental in winning the state championship.
The incoming seniors for Heritage Hall have been talked about for a long time. Sanders and Shepard have become two of the biggest recruits in the nation, but Wakefield is an example that it's not just the fast kids standing out for the Chargers.
“Every year, I'm just looking to get a little bit better,” Wakefield said. “I can't compare myself to them (Sanders and Shepard). I have to work on what I need to do.”
That mindset has helped. It took a little bit longer than anticipated, but the college attention is coming. Wakefield already has an offer from Colorado State and has been among the busiest recruits this summer going from camp to camp.
“In the spring, the interest started to pick up after coaches got my highlight film,” Wakefield said. “I'm just staying focused on what I can control, and I'm looking to be one of the leaders in the fall.”