Football: Clairton star moves from cornerback to linebacker

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports that Clairton star Lamont Wade has switched from defensive back to linebacker.

"It is Lamont Wade's version of a back flip. But he feels he will land perfectly.

Wade, a star senior football player at Clairton High School, is ranked by scouting services as one of the top defensive backs in the country. But Wade has been moved from cornerback to outside linebacker for Clairton, which opens the season Friday night at home against Bishop Canevin.

It is a rather notable move for one of the most heavily recruited players in Pennsylvania. Wade (5 feet 9, 190 pounds) also will continue to play running back on offense. He doesn't mind the move to the "will" linebacker spot, even though he has a bright future as a defensive back. Wade's final list of eight colleges are Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Tennessee, UCLA, Mississippi State and Alabama.

"We have a few other defensive backs who are good, but we don't have a lot of linebackers," said Wade. "Plus, we have some injured linebackers and a few who are ineligible for the first couple games. If our defensive backs are doing a good job the first couple games, I'll probably stay at linebacker.""



Football: Blue Chip Chat - Clairton's Noah Hamlin

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In today's Blue Chip Chat, Mike White profiles Clairton's Noah Hamlin.

Name: Noah Hamlin
School: Clairton
Year: Senior
Height: 5-11
Weight: 160

Hamlin is Mr. Versatility at Clairton. He is a little on the light side in terms of weight, but heavy on production. A year ago, Hamlin played receiver-defensive back and caught 35 passes for 838 yards and also scored 20 touchdowns. But he will play mostly quarterback this season, while spending a little time at receiver when Lamont Wade moves to quarterback."


Football: Straightforward approach working well for Wade, Clairton

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Joe Bendel profiles Clairton star Lamont Wade.

2016 0819 Clairton Football(Photo: Clairton's Lamont Wade works out during camp Monday afternoon. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Thanks, but no thanks.

Clairton High School football star Lamont Wade has politely and candidly expressed this sentiment to countless college coaches who've attempted to lure him to their universities.

His sights are set on eight schools — Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Alabama, UCLA, Tennessee and Mississippi State — and he refuses to lead anyone else on.

He plans to make his final decision in December."


Football: Blue Chip Chat - Clairton's Lamont Wade

Written by Mike White on .

In today's Blue Chip Chat, Mike White profiles Clairton's Lamont Wade.

"Lamont Wade, Clairton

Year: Senior, Height: 5-9, Weight: 190, Pos: RB-QB-DB


Wade is ranked by scouting services as one of the top defensive backs in the country. ranks him the No. 10 player overall in the country. Wade has been on Clairton's varsity since his freshman year and enters this season with 4,711 yards rushing on 439 attempts. A year ago, he rushed for 1,308 yards, despite being bothered by an injured ankle. He is the son of Carlton Wade, a standout former basketball player at Clairton."


Track: Clairton football stars aiming for WPIAL track titles

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When medals are handed out at Thursday's WPIAL Class AA track championships, there will be some familiar names making their way to the top of the podium.

Two of the championship hopefuls are better known for their accomplishments in another sport.

Lamont Wade and Aaron Mathews are among the athletes representing Clairton at the meet. Wade and Mathews are also football standouts who led Clairton to a WPIAL title last fall. Mathews, a senior, will attend Pitt. Wade is one of the most heavily recruited juniors in the country.

Wade qualified for the WPIAL championships in the 100 and long jump, while Mathews earned his invitation in the high jump. Wade is the No. 4 seed in the 100. He ran an 11.25 at the southern qualifier. He advanced in the long jump courtesy of a leap of 19-8. Mathews posted a jump of 6 feet at the qualifier.