In the football-crazed hills of Western Pennsylvania, talent comes from every corner of the region.
The WVU football program has signed its fair share of players of of the WPIAL high school division from around the Pittsburgh-area. Currently, the Mountaineers boast seven players from the football hotbed located just an hour away from Morgantown.
There is one potential future Mountaineer who would look great in the gold and blue. He hails from the Pittsburgh-area and his name is Lamont Wade.
Wade is just 17 years old, but he has the look and build of a Division I athlete already. He is part of the Class of 2017, so he is now a junior at Clairton High School, located just south east of downtown Pittsburgh.
Clairton, like Aliquippa to the north, is a small school, but it’s a program defined by football success. Dravon Askew-Henry and Jaleel Fields hail from Aliquippa and could be big players, rather, recruiters of Wade.
It is said that the players currently have a good relationship and that the trio would like to play together. Of course, there are many other programs who would like Wade to be playing for their team.
According to 247sports, there is a 78-percent chance that Wade will end up at Ohio State. He has already visited the Columbus campus and will likely make a return trip to see the Buckeyes and head coach Urban Meyer before his senior year begins.
However, his next scheduled trip is to White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. for the WVU Spring Game this Saturday.
By Wade making the extended road trip to the southern part of the state, he is showing some great interest in the Mountaineers. By having that mutual loyalty, West Virginia and Wade should be in good standing together.
Wade, like any five-star recruit, is being contacted by top flight schools from around the country. He chooses to respect the schools that show him the most respect in return.
“Don’t expect me to come visit your school if you can’t come visit mine during evaluation periods,” Wade tweeted.
Along with Ohio State, WVU and Penn State are right near the top of Wade’s targets.
Last week, he said that PSU would like him to be a “Deion Sanders-type of cornerback.” That type of athleticism would be welcomed at WVU, too.
“Lock down, and I think I can do that and return punts and kicks and play a little bit of slot on offense,” Wade said.
Even though the West Virginia Spring Game will not be held on campus, if Wade has a good time with the Mountaineers this weekend, there remains a chance that he ends up in Morgantown next year.