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Penn State’s January enrollees set for early taste of college football

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Tight end signee Zack Kuntz with James Franklin this season. - WAISS ARAMESH / FOR DKPS

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Last winter, Lamont Wade came to Penn State with all the hype and a matching five-star ranking, but even Wade called his freshman season at times "humbling."

"Even playing against receivers on Georgia State those guys were still legit," Wade told DKPittsburghSports.com. "You just have to be on your A-game every single rep. You can’t take any plays off and can’t let fatigue get in the way.”

But before that humbling experience for the cornerback there was the behind the scenes transition when Wade, a January enrollee, had to first acclimate to Penn State's strength and conditioning program. That undertaking is one six of Penn State's 2018 signees will begin on Monday when they step into a college classroom for the first time and promptly get to work with strength and conditioning coach Dwight Galt.

Signees Zack Kuntz, Trent Gordon, Isaiah Humphries, Jesse Luketa, Micah Parsons and Nick Tarburton will all arrive this weekend where they'll be dealt a not-so warm winter welcome as wind gusts whip around Happy Valley and they settle into their new home.

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