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.""