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Lamont Wade, cornerback, Penn State

Wade certainly has high expectations of himself. Before choosing Penn State, he was already of the opinion that he could become a Jabrill Peppers-type impact player at the collegiate level. At 5-foot-9 and about 190 pounds, it’s actually a pretty good comparison. And he hasn’t lost any of his confidence now that he’s at Penn State.

“He’s got tremendous confidence, as we all saw in high school,” James Franklin told the CDT during the spring when asked about Wade. “But with some guys, that goes away when they get to college; that hasn’t gone away.”

A running back and defensive back in high school, he’ll likely immediately contribute on special teams as a return man this fall.

Check out his elusiveness on this run last year.

Those are the types of skills that will serve Wade well as a return man, both on special teams and defense. Pick-sixes, we’re fairly certain, will be on display during his time in Happy Valley.

Because of Wade’s raw skill, we also expect to see him work himself into Penn State’s defensive back rotation fairly early, if not right out of the gate.