VIDEO: 5-star CB Lamont Wade In Action

June 5 -- Why are so many schools after Lamont Wade, the No. 3 cornerback in the nation? Check out the Clairton (Pa.) High standout in action from this spring...

Lamont Wade, the No. 3 cornerback in the nation and No. 17 overall prospect, told Scout on Thursday he is visiting Alabama and Mississippi State in the coming weeks, and still maintains a top 10.

The 5-foot-10. 180-pound Wade said he will be at Alabama on June 13, and the following day he will visit Mississippi State. He already made several visits to Penn StateOhio State and Pittsburgh, each of which made his top 10. The other fives schools on his list are TennesseeDukeWest VirginiaVirginia Tech and UCLA, which has a tie to the western Pennsylvania in the form of defensive coordinator Tom Bradly, a long-time Penn State assistant.

Wade is also slated to attend Penn State's 7-on passing camp with his team June 18.

So, why are so many schools after Wade? Cut-ups (above) from his performance at a 7-on-7 event this spring tell a lot.

On most plays, opposing quarterbacks would not even look his direction. They saw where Wade was lined up, and immediately cut the field off and looked the other way.

Still, even when the ball was not thrown his direction, Wade showcased his talent. In press coverage, he was physical and made it hard for receivers to get into routes. When he played off, his backpedal was low and smooth, and he was able to flip his hips easily and run with the receiver. There were times he was quicker getting out of breaks than receivers, and had to work not to trip up because he was latched onto the back hip so well.

On a few plays, Wade tried to bait the quarterback to throw by trailing the receiver and making him look open, but his closing speed is exceptional and he was able to make up ground and break up passes or intercept the ball.

Even when Wade caught passes out of the backfield or lined up in the slot, he demonstrated his stop-start ability with quick cuts and a sublime change of direction. His feet were fast, and his explosion evident.

http://www.scout.com/player/190852-lamont-wade


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