Penn State safety Lamont Wade has announced he has withdrawn his name from the NCAA transfer portal and will remain with the Nittany Lions.

Wade, who completed his sophomore season in 2018, reportedly put his name in the portal on Jan. 13.

“After long thoughts, prayers and conversations, I’ve come to the decision that I will be removing my name from the transfer portal and continue to pursue my degree which I’m three semesters away from completing and getting back to work with my brothers,” he said Sunday night in a post on Twitter.

“I look forward to making an impact on the field for the 2019 Penn State Nittany Lions. Sometimes we have to make short-term sacrifices to achieve our long-term goals and I believe that is what’s best for me right now.”

Wade, a five-star recruit at Clairton High School when he signed with the Lions, began his college career as a cornerback and was shifted to safety. He is considered to have an excellent chance to succeed the departing Nick Scott at that position next season.

Wade, who had 18 tackles this past season, also is an excellent special-teams player.

He was one of 12 Penn State players who either entered the transfer portal or announced they would transfer to another school. Most of them were graduate transfers or moving to an FCS school. In either case, they would not have to sit out a season.

Being in the transfer portal means that other college coaches may speak to the player, but the player has the right to return to his previous school.