Cornerback Lamont Wade, of Clairton High School, considered by one recruiting website as the best player in the Class of 2017 from Pennsylvania, has announced he has committed to Penn State.
The 5-foot-9, 182-pound Wade made his commitment Saturday night at his graduation party. His other finalists were Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Tennessee and UCLA.
Wade, named the Gatorade Pennsylvania player of the year last week, was ranked the No. 1 player in the state, and the top cornerback and No. 9 player in the country by Rivals. He was rated five stars by Rivals and Scout, which considered him the nation's No. 17 high school senior and No. 3 cornerback.
Wade said in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he was "back and forth so much" during this football season but added that "Penn State just had a great season and they stayed consistent with me." He said the Nittany Lions' Big Ten championship influenced his decision.
Wade said he will enroll at Penn State next month.
Wade also played running back for Clairton, which lost in the Class A state championship game.
The commitment is the 18th that Penn State has received for the class of 2017. The Nittany Lions' recruiting class is ranked 10th in the nation by Rivals, 12th by Scout and 13th by 247Sports.