PSU recruit named Mr. PA Football small-school winner

(Allentown) Morning Call (TNS)

Lamont Wade, a freshman defensive back at Penn State, was named the small-school winner of the Mr. PA Football Award on Saturday in Harrisburg.

D'Andre Swift, the St. Joseph's Prep tailback headed for Georgia, won the big-school award.

Lamont Wade

Wade, who enrolled at Penn State in January, scored a WPIAL-record 117 career touchdowns at Clairton High, which made the PIAA Class A championship game last season. He is among the prized recruits of Penn State's 2017 class.

"I’ve been recruiting Lamont for four years, even before I came here," said Terry Smith, Penn State's cornerbacks coach and defensive recruiting coordinator. "He’s a tremendous talent."

Wade will play cornerback at Penn State, though he could see playing time in all three phases. Smith said that Wade will focus on defense this spring before being turned loose on offense and special teams.

"Lamont will have the opportunity to play both sides of the ball," Smith said on Signing Day earlier this month. "The focal point of the spring will be to make sue he learns and understands defensive back, because that will be his focal point. Once he understands that, then we obviously want to get him in the return game and get him some spot touches on offense."

Smith also compared Wade (5-9, 190 pounds) to Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley in terms of size and demeanor.

"He's not the biggest player, but his heart is so gigantic," Smith said of Wade. "... Those are the Trace McSorleys of the world. No matter what their circumstance is, they just play hard and get the job done."