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Diamond Talk: Lamont McPhatter II, DB, California University (PA) | Most underrated safety in the country

Lamont McPhatter is the first player mentioned in Diamond Talk this year. We will be breaking down players from small schools this season to give them more publicity because we feel they deserve it.

California University of Pennsylvania has put several players in the NFL, guys from Eric Kush, Erik Harris, Rontez Miles, Paul Butler  and Dewey McDonald. We have helped all of the players listed, and we feel there is another player to come out of CALPA. This year the Vulcans have a player named Lamont McPhatter II you better remember.

The 5’11 defensive back from New Castle, Pennsylvania is going into his senior year as a First-Team All-American according to almost every outlet include our own.  McPhatter II was a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award which awards the best defensive player in Division 2.

He was voted the PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year last season, and was a force in the 9 games he played.  He finished with 63 total tackles (37 solo), led the team in interceptions with five, and led the nation, YES THE NATION, in return yards with 198.  He had two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries last year as well and finished with 10 pass breakups. 

McPhatter II finished with an interception in four straight games last season,  and scored multiple touchdowns on defense. My favorite play of his was against Edinboro when he took an interception 100 yards to the house. McPhatter II was a transfer from Ball State and received the most outstanding Freshman award (John Hodge Award) where he appeared in 12 games with three starts as a freshman.

At Ball State, Lamont finished with 42 tackles and 23 solos as a Freshman.  He is a stud, but the New Castle native wanted to return home and did just that landing with the Vulcans.

Lamont is majoring in business administration with a minor in management, has one brother and three sisters and is the son of Jake and Kiley. 

If you want to watch a stud in 2019, I ask that you please take some time out of your schedule a and watch a CALPA game.

Lamont McPhatter II will get a shot in the NFL, and I would not be shocked if he stuck around for a while.  I feel he is the best small school defensive back that no one is talking about yet.  They will be talking about him soon. Scouts will be all over him.

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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