Penn State Football Player Profile 2017: CB Lamont Wade

The Penn State football program could get a big contribution from Lamont Wade in 2017. 

When James Franklin became Penn State’s head coach in 2014 one thing he promised was to be dominant in recruiting, particularly in Pennsylvania. He has certainly been able to nab some of the best talent in the state in the likes of Ryan Bates in 2015 and Miles Sanders in 2016. As part of the 2017 class he was able to bring in talented cornerback Lamont Wade.

Wade enrolled at Penn State in January and was around for all of the spring activities. He also participated in the Blue-White game in April.

Rated as a four-star recruit by 247Sports, Wade was a standout at Clairton High School. He was the No. 5 cornerback available in the 2017 class and the No. 46 recruit overall. He also participated in the Under Armour All-America Game.

Not surprisingly, Wade had a very impressive offer list that included Auburn, UCLA, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Alabama. In the end, his decision came down to Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and Penn State.

Fortunately for Franklin and company, the Nittany Lions won out.

Due to his athletic ability, Wade has the potential to be a game-changer for the Nittany Lions in all three phases of the game. Aside from defensive back, look for him to eventually be used on offense and special teams.

As the 2017 approaches, Wade will have an opportunity to compete for playing time right away. An injury to starting cornerback John Reid opened up a hole for someone to step up at cornerback.

Wade’s talent is too good to waste, that’s why he won’t be given a redshirt this year. Look for the true freshman to make an early impact and be a very important player for years to come in Happy Valley.