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One of the country’s top cornerback recruits hails from Clairton, Pa., roughly 15 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Lamont Wade, a 5-foot-10 senior at Clairton High School, is ranked as a consensus top-10 cornerback nationally by nearly every recruiting service in the country.

Wade, who has outstanding speed and strength, broke out as a sophomore in 2014. He rushed for 2,725 yards and 38 touchdowns, added 449 yards and six touchdowns receiving, and six interceptions on defense. An injury-filled junior season limited Wade to 1,326 yards and 16 touchdowns on 143 carries, but did nothing to limit his potential according to the top programs in the country.

Joe Butler of Metro Index Scouting says that Wade has all the tools to star at the cornerback position at the Division 1 level.

“He uses his hands well to press people, and he has real good ball skills,” Butler said. “He has the size, he has the instincts, and he has all the tools to be a really effective corner at a high level of college football.”

However, Clairton head coach Wayne Wade, who also happens to be his cousin, doesn't necessarily believe that Wade has to play defense-only at the collegiate level.

The elder Wade said that some programs are still looking to play the Clairton star on offense.

“Offensively, it’s probably a run-and-shoot team that kind of spreads you out,” the coach said, adding that his talented senior may not be an every down back. “He may be a little bit more limited in playing offense at some schools.”

Ideally, though, coach Wade said that he would like to see Lamont play on the defensive side of the ball in college, either at the cornerback or safety positions. He thinks his cousin would thrive in a man under zone scheme, with safeties over the top.

“I think [the scheme] fits what [Lamont] likes to do for us,” Wade said. “He’s a kid that enjoys playing man-to-man.”

At the present time, Wade has not committed to a program. Butler said that it is important for recruits to be patient.

“College is a very important selection,” Butler said. “Some people commit right away; some people have a lot of patience. I think the Wades are very patient with this. They are going to evaluate [the schools] properly and make the correct decision, and the time will be right when they do.”

Wade has cut his choices to Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Tennessee and UCLA.

Although Wayne Wade may some input in his player’s choice, the coach will leave it to Lamont and his parents to make the ultimate decision.

Wade was named defensive MVP at the Rivals Five-Star Camp in June, and was invited to the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 1.

Clairton's season begins Friday at home against Bishop Canevin.

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