Recruiting: Wade earns elusive 5th star from Scout.com
The stars have aligned for Clairton's Lamont Wade.
Scout.com added another star to the junior's profile this week, making him a five-star recruit for both Scout and Rivals.com. Scout has labeled 19 recruits in the nation as five-stars from Wade's 2017 class, and Rivals has 18. But only eight recruits cross over and are five-stars for both.
Around the WPIAL, Wade becomes just the fourth recruit in the past decade to earn dual five-star status from those two recruiting websites. The others were Gateway linebacker Dorian Bell in 2009, and Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Aliquippa receiver Jon Baldwin, both in 2008.
Only two others in the state were five stars for both during that time frame: Philadelphia George Washington's Sharrif Floyd in 2010 and Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt's Noah Spence in 2012. Both were defensive linemen. Floyd plays for the Minnesota Vikings, and Spence should be drafted this year.
So Wade's in elite company.
“When you're a five-star kid, at least in my eyes, what you're saying is: ‘I expect this kid to be in the NFL,' ” said Brian Dohn, a Scout national recruiting analyst for the east region. “Everybody has their own definition.”
To Dohn, a five-star recruit should be able to play as a college freshman and potentially start. Dohn, who lives in New Jersey, covers Virginia through New England. He named Woodland Hills running back Miles Sanders a five-star recruit in the 2016 class, but Rivals has the Penn State commit with four. Dohn was convinced Wade deserved five stars at the WPIAL finals in November.
“You know how in baseball you have your five-tool player?” Dohn said. “Well, when you're looking at (football recruits) from a star perspective, you take a kid like Lamont and say, what does he do well? First of all, he covers. And it's not just that he can cover, it's that it's easy for him to get in and out of breaks and change direction. He can be really low on his backpedal, then go forward and drive on the ball. That's the most fundamental thing you need as a corner. So how good are you with that? Lamont's sensational at it. He does it better than almost anybody in the country.
“And then you say, what else does he do? Can he get off a block, be physical and play the run? Does he have field awareness? Does he chase the play to the other side? Does he do all this stuff at a high rate of speed? And does he have the work ethic?”
Dohn answered yes to each.
“Of all the kids I saw during the season — and I bet I saw 75 games — he was one of my favorites,” he said. “He's just the whole package.”
Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.