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UCLA 5-Star DB Target Lamont Wade Visits Tennessee Twice

Sep. 29 -- Clairton (Pa.) High five-star cornerback Lamont Wade -- and a big UCLA target in the 2017 class -- made his second visit to Tennessee for the game with Florida...

Lamont Wade, the No. 3 cornerback in the nation and No. 17 overall prospect, made another trip to Tennessee over the weekend, and it is creating quite a buzz.

And it likely will not be the last time the five-star prospect from Clairton (Pa.) High visits Rocky Top this season.

Wade is eyeing an official visit for the Oct. 15 game against Alabama, and there is a reason he continues to make trips to Tennessee.

"I like watching good football, and that is what they play," Wade said. "It was exciting (to see the Florida win)."

Clairton coach Wayne Wade said his star player sees a lot of positives at Tennessee.

"He said he just really likes the school, it's a great atmosphere, he feels like not only the academics, but football there seems to be more important than some other places," Wayne Wade said. "I don't know what they're doing there at Tennessee or what they've started, but listening to their coach (Butch Jones) last week, and talking about coming back and winning the Florida game, how they were trying to set a different attitude down there ...that may be some of it.

"They seem to be excited about that, and it's what we tried to do at Clairton the last 10 or 15 years. We're tried to set ourselves apart from what everybody else does and not do the norm, and you have to do the extra if you want to be the best."

Wade plans to announce his decision Dec. 17 because he is a January enrollee. He is making official visits during the season, and the one to Tennessee could prove huge, but a pair of in-state schools and UCLA and West Virginia are also pushing hard.

Wade already visited Penn State, West Virginia and Pittsburgh unofficially this season, on top of trips to each school in the summer. In fact, Wade made multiple trips to Pittsburgh during training camp.

"I live in Pittsburgh," Lamont Wade said, "so me visiting there frequently isn't uncommon."

Wade plans on making official visits to each school. He is slated to officially visit Penn State for the Nov. 5 game against Iowa, UCLA for the Nov. 19 game against USC, and he could officially visit Pittsburgh for the Nov. 26 game against Syracuse.

However, that Wade could wind up making three trips to Tennessee in six weeks is significant.

He was at the season-opener against Appalachian State, and he returned for the game against Florida. Previously, he told Scout the vibe he felt in visiting Tennessee was unlike anywhere else.

"Unreal. Tennessee is unreal," Lamont Wade said. "They let me know I am a priority, and it is a different environment. Rocky Top is a whole different environment."

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