Clairton star Lamont Wade is one month away from the big day. At this time next month, Wade will answer the much question of which college he’ll be selecting to attend.
Today in a ceremony at his high school, Wade officially was presented with his Under Armour All-American jersey.
Considering all the awards and honors Wade has received over the years, you might think he’d take something like this for granted. If you did, you’d be dead wrong. This day meant a lot to him.
“This day is very important and means a lot, it’s a true blessing. Coming from where I come from, we don’t see a lot of these. Seeing Tyler like 4 years ago at his ceremony, I was just wishing I could be in his shoes one day and I’m here. Honestly, this means a lot,” said Wade.
“That’s what I’m all about chasing my dreams. If I believe in something, if I want to do something then I’m going to go get it, I’ll do it.”
Wade is the top ranked player in the state and one of the top 20 rated players in the entire country. That didn’t just happen, it took a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication to the sport with the ultimate goal of being the best.
“You can’t just talk, you can’t just stay stuff, you have to actually do it,” said Wade. “Turn you words into action so that’s what I did. I went out and worked hard and earned my starting spot my freshman year as both a running back and cornerback and ever since then I haven’t looked back.”
Wade is focused right now on three things: his college destination, the WPIAL championship and something that’s eluded him the last couple of seasons.
“Right now I’m focused on the state championship honestly. I just want to win football games and get a state championship.”
After that, it will be decision time and making one football program and one football coach very happy. Wade will officially announce his college decision on December 17th in Clairton.
“My top 5 (no order) are UCLA, Tennessee, Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia,” said Wade.
Wade says that before he makes his final decision, he will make an official visit to West Virginia on December 3rd and although dates haven’t been determined yet, will also make visits to both Pitt and UCLA. Also, expect coaches from Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia to make home visits before the big day one month from today.