Georgia’s No. 1 college football prospect at quarterback, Greyson Lambert, is nearly fully recovered from a leg injury that sidelined him for three months and is sprinting through schools on the recruiting trail.
Lambert made unofficial visits to South Carolina and N.C. State last weekend. He plans to make recruiting trips to Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, FSU — and maybe a few other schools — in July.
The 6-foot-6, 195-pounder from Wayne County High School said he has nine early offers: Alabama, South Carolina, Miami, N.C. State, Virginia, Louisville, Purdue, Boston College and Mississippi State. He also had early offers from UGA and Clemson which are no longer available (see below).
Nearly every elite quarterback commits before his senior season, but Lambert is unsure.
“That all kind of got pushed back with the whole leg thing; With not being able to visit many schools in June, I might wait and commit during my senior season,” Lambert told the AJC. “I still intend to graduate from high school early and enroll in college in January, though.”
Lambert suffered a leg injury from training too hard. He went to the doctor with what he thought was shin splints in both legs in late March, and was surprised to hear the diagnosis of a stress fracture in his left leg (affecting his ability to pivot and throw). He was on crutches for nearly 10 weeks, missing all of Wayne County’s spring football practice. Lambert still wears a walking boot.
“It was very disappointing because I wanted to be out there with my teammates getting better,” Lambert said. He kept it a secret for as long as he could, but college recruiters quickly noticed when they stopped by to take a peek at the strong-armed golden boy from Wayne County, which is located 60 miles north of the Florida state line.
Lambert has kept a low profile, resting and recuperating, until last week. He has participated in light workouts and throwing sessions with his team, with the expectation of getting full medical clearance around July 10.
Lambert’s July schedule would rival a president’s itinerary: He is scheduled to throw at Alabama on July 18, and again at South Carolina on July 21. He is in the process of setting up dates with FSU and Florida, two schools that Lambert said told him they would’ve likely offered had they been able to observe him in action at his spring practices. Lambert also wishes to make quick stops at Arkansas, Louisville, Mississippi State, Virginia and N.C. State again next month.
“My first priority is going to some 7-on-7 passing tournaments with my teammates,” Lambert said. “Whatever I can fit in around that, I will try to do.”
UGA had an excellent chance at Lambert after being one of the first schools to offer and maintaining a good relationship. However, Lambert was later informed that UGA didn’t intend on signing a quarterback in 2012.
“Georgia said they aren’t going to take a QB in my class unless one of their QBs transfers,” Lambert said. “I had a good relationship with them and I understood where they where coming from. I just took it for what it was worth, got over it, and moved forward. I still talk to their assistant coaches every once in a while and get mail from Georgia.”
Lambert claims no favorites yet. “I’m going to try to take as many visits as I can in July before I name any leaders. This whole leg issue has pushed back some stuff.”
Lambert is tops in a thin crop of Georgia senior quarterbacks, which also includes Coffee County’s Will Gardner, Henry County’s Chris Moody and several sleeper prospects. The Class of 2013 is much deeper, led by Cedar Grove’s Johnathan McCrary, Lassiter’s Eddie Printz, Camden County’s Brice Ramsey and Walton’s Parker McLeod, among others.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? firstname.lastname@example.org
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