SPRINGDALE, Pa. — After a 16-year hiatus, Penn State will renew its on-field rivalry with Pitt at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon. Friday night, the Nittany Lions did some road work in an attempt to increase the recent recruiting advantage they’ve held over the Panthers.
PSU head coach James Franklin and assistant Terry Smith were in this small town to watch five-star defensive back prospect Lamont Wade and his powerful PIAA Class A Clairton team take on a decidedly overmatched Springfield squad.
The Nittany Lions appeared to be the only college program on hand for the game, and Wade took notice.
“(It's) definitely love they’re showing me,” Wade said of Franklin and Smith. “So I’ll show it back — I’ll be at Penn State next week for the Temple game.”
Clairton ended up winning this game 32-0 (we’ll have Wade highlights early next week), as its star player had TD runs of 97 and 59 yards. Teammate Noah Hamlin also had a pair of scores.
Afterward, Wade was looking forward to what figured to be an exciting Saturday — he’ll be at the PSU-Pitt game.
“Huge game,” he said. “I can’t wait to get down there.”
When asked if the outcome will have any bearing on his college choice, Wade said, “a little bit.”
But … “Ultimately I’ll go where the best fit is for me.”
Wade already has official visits sets for Tennessee (Sept. 24), Penn State (Nov. 5), UCLA (Nov. 20) and Pitt (Nov. 26).
In the video above, he talks about the win over Springdale, Franklin and Smith being at the game, the PSU-Pitt game, official visits and more.
Check it out.