Early enrollee defensive back Lamont Wade is “a real intriguing guy” in the eyes of Penn State strength coach Dwight Galt after a rapidly productive winter.
Wade, who’ll compete for playing time as a freshman at cornerback or safety, did not have an adequate training background, his strength coach said.
“He came in and we had to back off and teach him a little bit,” Galt added on Friday, Penn State’s final “Max Out” day of winter workouts. “But talk about someone who’s a quick learner, big heart, great work ethic, and he just exploded.”
The Clairton graduate bench pressed 325 pounds on Tuesday, second-best among Penn State cornerbacks. He managed only 255 pounds when he arrived on campus.
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Wade also struggled to power clean 185 pounds in the first two or three weeks, but finished out at 300 pounds Wednesday.
And in the 40-yard dash, Wade posted a run of 4.58 seconds at the start of winter.
“His technique was kind of shoddy,” Galt recalled, “and I looked at him, and I saw that fire.”
Wade rebounded, running a 4.40 on Monday.
“We had a really good speed cycle,” the strength coach said. “He embraced it, paid attention, worked hard at it and really got some good gains.”