Signed: Lamont Wade Could be the Next Superstar of the Nittany Lion Defense

By Nick Polak on February 1, 2017 at 10:41 am
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Welcome to National Signing Day 2017 here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other Signing Day coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they come in. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)


Penn State's remarkable 2016 season was great for perception of the program, as well as the future of James Franklin and his coaching staff. It was also vitally important for one of the top players in the 2017 recruiting class- Lamont Wade. Seeing the Nittany Lions take the next step towards returning to national power status was all the highly-rated defensive back needed to see in order to feel comfortable committing to play out his college career in Happy Valley.

Lamont Wade
Position: Cornerback
Height/Weight: 5'9/190
High School: Clairton (Pa.)
247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.9778)
Positional Rank: No. 46 Overall, No. 5 Cornerback, No. 2 in Pennsylvania
Commitment Date: December 17, 2016

Scouting Report

There's a reason coaches and fans alike are so excited for Lamont Wade. He is already one of the best pure athletes on the team, and has the ability to be an extremely versatile player for Brent Pry's defense. He is extremely explosive and is a prototypical play-maker on both sides of the ball.

The main thing holding Wade back from being ranked higher is his height. He currently stands at 5'9 according to GoPSUSports, which is a tad smaller than you'd want. Still, Grant Haley, John Reid and others have shown that height is not the end all be all. Wade has the ability to become a special, special player for Penn State, whether he follows in Reid's footsteps at the cornerback position, or starts blazing his own Tyrann Mathieu/Earl Thomas-like path at safety.

Moving Forward

Green light all the way.

There is little to no chance that Wade redshirts this fall, barring injury. He could see time immediately as the replacement for Jordan Smith in the nickel package, and by season's end, could find himself on the field on a regular basis. There's always the possibility that the staff tries to get him involved on offense, as well, as he was a prolific high school running back. Expect to see Wade in the mix for kick and punt return duties, too.

Highlights

2017 Cornerback Scholarship Chart
Seniors
Juniors
Sophomore
Freshmen
2018 Commits
Christian Campbell
Amani Oruwariye*
Garrett Taylor*
Zech McPhearson*
-
Grant Haley
John Reid
-
D.J. Brown
-
-
-
-
Donovan Johnson
-
-
-
-
Lamont Wade
-

* denotes redshirt season taken

Welcome to Penn State, Lamont.
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