Before it’s all said and done, Greyson Lambert will likely have dozens of scholarship offers. But this past weekend, he got the one he’d been waiting for.
Lambert was offered by the Georgia Bulldogs.
“It was really special to me,” said Lambert, a junior quarterback from Wayne County High School in Jesup. “It’s something I’ve been waiting on a long time. I actually wrote it down as one of my goals for this year.”
It’s not like Lambert was lacking attention. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound signalcaller was already holding offers from Alabama and Clemson when he traveled to Athens last Saturday for the Georgia-Georgia Tech game. And virtually every school in the South is recruiting him.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for your accomplishments by the state school,” he explained. “It sort of validates everything you work for.”
That doesn’t mean he’s leaning toward the Bulldogs. Lambert said he is intent on keeping his options open.
“I like everybody who is interested in me right now,” he said with a laugh.
Lambert passed for 1,991 yards and 28 touchdowns for Wayne County (5-5) as a junior this past season. He also had two rushing touchdowns.
Lambert, who attended two UGA camps last summer, is the third quarterback in the Class of 2012 to be offered by the Bulldogs. They offered Gunner Kiel (6-4, 220) of Columbus, Ind., and Zeke Pike (6-5, 220) of Edgewood, Ky., last week.
Georgia currently has two scholarship quarterbacks on campus in redshirt freshman Aaron Murray and true freshman Hutson Mason. Another quarterback is expected to join them in January. That’s when commitment Christian LeMay of Matthews, N.C., is expected to enroll.
The Bulldogs seem to fit Lambert’s criteria.
“I’m looking to play in a pro-style offense,” he said. “I want to see how I might fit in with the team and with the offense. Academics and coaching staff are also strong considerations. I want a strong relationship with the offensive coordinator. And, of course, quarterback development is important. In Georgia’s case that’s a big plus, with Matthew Stafford becoming the No. 1 overall pick.”
Lambert received the offer at UGA’s Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall a couple of hours before the Bulldogs kicked off against Georgia Tech Saturday night.
“I got there two hours early, so I was able to talk to Coach [Mark] Richt,” said Lambert, who had attended the Alabama-Auburn game a day earlier. “He asked me, ‘Could you see yourself playing in a rivalry game like this?” I said, ‘Yes, sir.’ He said, ‘good,’ and offered me a scholarship.
“It was definitely an enjoyable day. It couldn’t have been a better atmosphere. At pregame, when both the teams were meeting at midfield, you could really see the intensity of the rivalry.”