Penn State Safety Lamont Wade Declares for 2021 NFL Draft

By Nick Polak on January 14, 2021 at 8:38 pm
Oct 24, 2020; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions safety Lamont Wade (38) intercepts a pass meant for Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Ty Fryfogle (3) during the second half of the game at Memorial Stadium. The Indiana Hoosiers defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 36 to 35.
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Former blue-chip prospect and starting safety/star Lamont Wade will officially forgo his extra year of eligibility and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Wade announced his intentions via his Twitter account.

Wade had the opportunity to return for a 5th season (he never took a redshirt) due to the extra eligibility due to COVID-19 but will test the NFL waters instead.

Wade will finish his Penn State career with 153 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 interception, 4 forced fumbles, and one glorious 102-yard kick return touchdown in his final game as a Nittany Lion.

Wade was one of the vocal leaders of the Penn State defense for multiple years and his leadership will be missed in Happy Valley. After committing to Penn State as a cornerback and playing there as a true freshman, Wade transitioned to play safety and the STAR position within Brent Pry's scheme. His athleticism was a plus and they were able to move him around a good bit as a result.

Wade, a Clairton, Pennsylvania native, committed to the Nittany Lions over Ohio State, UCLA, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pitt, and several others as the highest-rated member of the 15th-ranked 2017 Penn State recruiting class.

We wish Lamont all the best with his NFL journey!