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Exactly one month before his decision date, 5-star cornerback Lamont Wade released his Top 5 schools on Thursday.
Tennessee remains in the mix.
One month away, December 17th is decision day ✅ pic.twitter.com/lom92qlvp6
— TreOcho® (@Goony_38) November 17, 2016
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Clairton (Pa.) High standout is considering the Vols, along with in-state schools Pitt and Penn State, as well as West Virginia and UCLA.
In a video with Rivals.com, Wade broke down his finalists.
On Tennessee, he said, “Things are really good with Tennessee. I’ve got really good relationships with coaches and the environment is great.
It’s different – getting away would be different. It’s a really good program. Tennessee is definitely in the hardest conference and I see them as a program on the rise.”
Wade has visited Tennessee three times this season, catching wins over Appalachian State and Florida before returning for an official visit during the weekend of the Alabama game.
By all accounts, Wade’s Oct. 15 visit was great, but Tennessee seems to have lost some momentum as time has moved forward. Since then, he’s visited Penn State and Pitt, and the Nittany Lions are in the midst of a big bounce-back season after upsetting Ohio State a couple weeks ago.
The Vols have some ground to make up over the next four weeks.
Gaddy twins star in Bleacher Report video
Breyon and Brandon Gaddy committed to Tennessee in late July, but Bleacher Report recently documented the twins’ journey from Norfolk to Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia, with their mother saying the move changed the boys lives.
Take a look.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 17, 2016
Every Friday until National Signing Day, I’ll do a quick snapshot on Tennessee’s class.
National Ranking: No. 10 overall, 27 commits
Top recruits: No. 54 overall Maleik Gray (LaVergne), No. 83 overall Ty Chandler (Montgomery Bell Academy), No. 207 overall Will Ignont (Buckhorn, AL).
New commitments: 3-star offensive lineman K’Rojhn Calbert
Position breakdown: 1 QB, 2 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR, 2 OL, 6 DL, 4 LB, 4 DB, 2 ATH, 1 K
Geographical breakdown: Tennessee (7), Georgia (4), Florida (4), Virginia (3), Louisiana (3), Mississippi (1), South Carolina (1), West Virginia (1), Alabama (1), Connecticut (1)