Five-star prospect Lamont Wade spent all day Saturday at North Carolina. Much of that day was consumed by UNC’s “Freak Fest” junior day. Regardless of the activity, the east’s top cornerback was usually spotted with Charlton Warren and/or Gene Chizik.
“They let me know that I was a priority in their class,” Wade said. “And they really wanted me to come back down and check it out more. And they really thought that I could be a difference maker in their secondary. The secondary that they have right now is really good and they think that they can continue that.”
If the status quo remains, Wade, a 5-foot-10, 180-pounder from Clairton (Pa.), will return to Chapel Hill this summer.
“Right now, they’re in my top ten and if they stay in there then I’ll definitely be back down,” Wade said.
Wade hasn’t formally assembled a top ten list. But, he plans to do so in late May/early June.
Wade’s top ten will then determine his summer schedule. After his summer visits, he plans to cut his list in half and then officially visit those schools before making a verbal commitment.
In addition to UNC, Wade has visited Duke, Ohio State, Penn State, and West Virginia this spring. Upcoming, he’ll make the short foray to Pitt and is devising plans for trips to Tennessee and UCLA. He also aims to visit Oklahoma and Mississippi State once school lets out.
The impetus for Wade’s UNC trip was conversations with Warren, the Tar Heels’ secondary coach.
“He just said that they really liked my film,” Wade said. “He really wanted me to come down so that I can check everything out. He really wanted me to be the lock down corner that they get in 2017.”
Wade’s UNC stay began with a spring scrimmage.
“The players got a lot of good reps – a lot of different situational reps,” Wade said. “And they were really going at it. I enjoyed that.”
At the scrimmage’s conclusion, Wade experienced the meat of the junior day activities -- lunch, games, and tours.
“I liked the facilities and just the coaching staff,” Wade said.
While most junior day attendees were leaving campus around 4 p.m., Wade and his family remained to meet with Larry Fedora.
“Me and my family and my aunt asked him a bunch of questions,” Wade said. “Him and my aunt were chatting it up. I liked the plan Coach Fedora has for his players once they get there.”