During a lull in the action of Penn State’s 7-on-7 Camp on the campus IM Fields Saturday, a friendly parent was remembering his team's earlier game against Clairton (Pa.) High and its five-star defensive back, Lamont Wade
The man recalled his team’s ace receiver beating Wade in the right corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Which sounded nice…
Except for the simple fact that Wade was not actually in the area on the play in question. Of course, that's how it is when you develop the sort of reputation Wade has — good people tend to remember their brushes with greatness a bit differently than they actually happened.
But in reality, for most of that game — and really, most of Clairton’s games Saturday — opponents refused to throw anywhere near Wade, who is Scout's third-ranked cornerback and 18th-ranked prospect overall.
“They’re not stupid,” one wily observer noted after an opponent again and again threw wherever Wade wasn’t. The passes that did come his way were usually very short.
“That’s all a part of the game,” Wade said with a knowing smile. “That’s what I want them to do. I’ve been working since my freshman year to get to that point. My freshman year, they picked on me.”
Mercyhurst actually tested Wade in a morning game and he came away with an impressive interception. Later, in the quarterfinals, eventual champ Whitehall threw a bomb toward the end zone. Wade had good coverage and the ball landed out of the end zone, but he was slapped with (what video showed was) a phantom pass interference call.
A loss to Whitehall ended Wade’s day. But after meeting with his team and then Nittany Lion assistant Terry Smith, he was nice enough to take a few minutes to talk to us in the well-marked fan area of the IM fields.
In the video above he discusses:
• His anticipated decision date.
• His interest in Penn State (“It’s starting to feel like home”).
• His golf-cart rides with Lion head coach James Franklin and PSU star running back Saquon Barkley.
• What he hopes to prove at The Opening.
• Being a team leader this year and much more.
Check out our exclusive interview above.
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