Four-Star CB Lamont Wade Commits To Penn State

The Nittany Lions landed one of the biggest fish left in their recruiting pond on Saturday, as four-star cornerback Lamont Wade committed to Penn State over West Virginia, Pitt, Tennessee, and UCLA.

Wade is considered the consensus second-best player from the Commonwealth in 2017 and the country’s fifth-overall corner, according to the 247Sports Composite. He was long thought to be an Ohio State lean earlier in the recruiting process, and had significant interest in the Mountaineers of late. However, a bunch of successful visits to University Park, coupled with the team’s recent success, proved more than enough to ensure that Penn State was the best fit for Wade. He’ll play in the Under Armour All-American Game alongside fellow commits Sean Clifford and C.J. Thorpe before enrolling early for the spring semester.

Wade is the latest star to come out of small-town powerhouse Clairton High School in Western Pennsylvania, following in the footsteps of Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver Tyler Boyd. This week, he was named the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound prospect put on a show at Nike’s The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., this July. Wade joins three-star D.J. Brown and four-star Donovan Johnson as corners committed to play their college ball for the Nittany Lions this cycle. Penn State’s 2017 recruiting class jumps two spots to No. 13 in the country and remains third in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports.

Wade showcased impressive talent at running back early in his career, but the majority of college programs who recruited him saw elite cover skills at corner in camp settings and on his highlight tape. Needless to say, James Franklin and his staff were also immediately sold on his potential to be a special player on the defensive side of the ball. He’s also one heck of an athlete on the track.

Expect Wade to compete for playing time right away regardless of Penn State’s impressive depth at his position. You can check out his Hudl highlight reel right here.

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected].

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