QB Greyson Lambert on mend, will visit Alabama, Florida, FSU and South Carolina

Wayne County QB Greyson Lambert has nine offers, and may add a few more in July

Wayne County QB Greyson Lambert has nine offers, and may add a few more in July

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.

Greyson Lambert: Most people think this guys is going to be pretty good. (Photo provided by 247Sports.com)

UGA aggressively recruited the 6-5 QB until he said the Bulldogs decided against signing a 2012 QB -- unless there is a QB defection (Photo provided by 247Sports.com)

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.”

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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.

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Bama Ben

June 28th, 2011
4:14 am

Greyson don’t take Georgia’s wishy washy recruiting too seriously ….. Mark Richt is infamous for recruiting Cam Newton as a tight end LOL!!!

Come to Sweet Home Alabama kid. You’ve got a prototype size and throw a nice spiral. Coach Saban will mold you into another NFL QB. Roll Tide

Larry

June 28th, 2011
4:15 am

In the frame above he looks like a man playing with boys,

I certainly understand UGA is stacked at QB but I’d love to see a QB with NFL size back there some day. Too bad Zach with similar size will be starting for LSU soon but he had to go by his own actions.

Larry

June 28th, 2011
4:20 am

Now, after watching the video, he has the size but this is a pretty slow release for an NFL prospect. Further, he seems to “sling” the football more than I would like.

Someone should have him watch videos of Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan…bigger QB’s with a quick release.

Dawg AM

June 28th, 2011
5:03 am

I like Coach Richt’s philosophy of signing 1 QB per class. I don’t know why he’s going away from that strategy this year. One of the QBs, probably Hutson Mason, will be transferring after the season, which will leave us with as much depth at that position as the vanishing OL.

Bama Fan#2

June 28th, 2011
5:23 am

Bama is looking to sign 2 qb’s for the 2012 class so it sounds the
kid would fit in with the crimson tide. RTR

Who cares (the original)

June 28th, 2011
5:56 am

6 foot 6 195 pounds. This kid has a very small frame. How many hits can he take at the D1 level. Looks good but future injuries have to be a question.

Go Jackets!!!

atltiger15

June 28th, 2011
6:22 am

conditioning and weight training programs are outstanding this day and age..He can redshirt and put on 25 or so lbs. very easy..I wouldn’t worry about any prospects being a little lite in the pants these days unless you want them to start immediately….

GAMECOCKS BASEBALL CHAMPS 10,11

June 28th, 2011
6:53 am

Wow uga, but get mad when players sign with out of state schools.

Come to Carolina and.play for SS.

Paddy

June 28th, 2011
6:54 am

Bama Ben……stick to your bread truck route. Leave football to the big boys!

RomeDawg

June 28th, 2011
6:58 am

He needs an offensive line. Every throw he is under duress.

JB

June 28th, 2011
7:15 am

Dawgs have 8 spots left. They need 5 OL. 1 RB. 1WR. 1DL…… 2013 they need 6 DL/DE. 3 LB. 1QB.
4DB’s. 2 WR. 1 FB. 1TE.2RB.

TXDawg

June 28th, 2011
7:16 am

Look with the depth UGA has at QB for this year and the fact that we lead for the states top two QB in 2013, UGA would be crazy to take Lambert. Not to mention that both QB from 2013 are better than Lambert at this time as well. With all the OL departures we need those scholarships to sign more.

UGAfan

June 28th, 2011
7:18 am

He is slow, slow, slow, and more slow. UGA is set at QB for awhile, why waste a spot.

The Guru

June 28th, 2011
7:37 am

Who are the 2012 sleeper prospects?

Lambert didn’t play well in the Rising Seniors game in December. Lots of issues with mobility and arm strength regarding Lambert, If Dawson at MLK wasn’t 5′10 he would be considered a better QB. (he didnt look particularly good at Ga Southern’s camp at mill creek high this weekend but he has been killing them in 7 on 7) Moody is a Hybrid that many schools are trying to move to another pos. But he is a heck of an athlete and throws a nice ball. Henry will be strong this year. That region with Henry, Sandy Creek, eastside and a rising Stockbridge will be tough. Printz and Ramsey are good but not as good as they are being hyped to be. Mcrary got offered last week at FSU. He has good upside but not a tremendously strong arm. he is a good athlete who has to get bigger…and will.

My opinion on all these rankings, camps and 7 on 7. I have been to 6 schools this summer. They give us a good idea of potential(my coach said potential means you aint S*** yet) but until we see them under duress with a rush and game on the line, then who is number one or the top prospect is all subjective and nothing more than posturing.

Can’t wait till the season starts.

p.s. Ga S. had 375 kids at Mill creek high…Coaching staff was really cool.

KeepDreaming

June 28th, 2011
7:42 am

Hey Bama Ben, who were some of the ‘molded’ QBs Saban has put into the NFL? All of them I can think of were busts (including the biggest one of them all, J. Russell). And to say that Saban is a better QB teacher than Richt is crazy! Check your facts you homer!

The Guru

June 28th, 2011
7:56 am

…has there been a good Bama Qb to do anything in the pro’s since namath and stabler? enlighten me? Thats a lot of bad qb’s…lol And your right Saban has never had a really strong QB. J russell was just a athlete with no brain! Richt worked with some good ones at FSU…and has had three at UGA go Pro. not a bad track record.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 28th, 2011
8:03 am

Bama Ben

In your haste to post something negative about UGA, I guess your 4th grade reading ability prevented you from seeing that UGA withdrew the offer along with Clemson. I guess neither school has a reason at the moment for a QB, so he wasn’t on their needs list anymore. UGA needs to fill out the OL and he will never be one of those. Now do you get it? I realize you love to talk crap on a blog about a Georgia kid, but at least try and be intelligent about it.

Michael Carvell

June 28th, 2011
8:03 am

I think Greyson Lambert is a good college prospect at QB. Again, college recruiting is based far more on “potential” rather than production. There are countless QBs who looked rather average in high school (because they were still growing into their body and hadn’t physically matured yet; don’t have the HS offense designed around their particular skillset; don’t have expert QB coaches teaching them technique, footwork, release points on a daily basis like they will in college, etc.) and developed to be really good in college. I’ll wait until evaluating Greyson after his senior season before talking more about that, but it’s obvious he has more than enough raw potential to get serious attention from the college scouts — nice height and body frame, throws a good ball, and a willingness to learn. It’s also worth pointing out that he will be able to enroll in January, which will allow him to be counted backwards against the 2011 class, which is a huge advantage with the new “oversigning” rules; enrolling early will also give Lambert a head start on being under the personal tutelage of a college QB coach and offensive coordinator on a daily basis.

With regards to the Rising Seniors game, it’s really hard to judge any QB from a high school all-star game due to many factors (new coach, new offense, new teammates, new OL, only a few days of practice and usually very chaotic and confusing practices, etc. etc. etc.). Yes, the MLK QB might be the best “player” at QB in the state but unfortunately the college scouts are hung up on his height for now. Hopefully that will change.

One last thing: No position in recruiting generates as much criticism (both good and bad), evaluations from the fans and college coaches, and overall buzz as a prospective D1 QB. Everybody has an opinion on a QB, which has already made for some lively and spirited discussion in here.

New Kid on the Block SEC East

June 28th, 2011
8:06 am

Move over mutt puppies and swamp lizards the Gamecocks are coming!

The Guru

June 28th, 2011
8:06 am

Brodie and mathews were decent but I wouldnt say there good. surprised j. parker is still with the league. The kid from riverdale was better but J. parker was more cost effective.

1eyedJack

June 28th, 2011
8:24 am

Coach Richt and company need to be turning over some rocks to find OLs that can help this team. They are becoming endangered species in Athens. Shut up tide roll in advance.

bitter JOE T

June 28th, 2011
8:37 am

go to a div 2 school for the first two years so you will get lots of playing time, then transfer to uga
and compete just like mecklenburg did, now he will soon be the starter at LSU——–dont ride the pine
for 2 years———play-play-play——then you will be ready to step in and perform at a high level

————————just saying———————–bamma stinks

Response to GURU

June 28th, 2011
8:38 am

Guru, I so agree with you. I too attended the Rising Senior Allstar game and he did not PERFORM at all at that camp. It was really upsetting and even more upsetting that they waiting so long to replace him with the MLK kid. And as soon as the MLK kid got in the game, the white teams offense was looking good. The kid was very slow and his throwing was not accurate.

Bitter "ROUGE BOOSTER"

June 28th, 2011
8:42 am

dont forget abouts “pay for play”———-cash for your family boy!!!!—-777-444-1212
————————–pick a car————–easy here at tumors corn-er———yaaaaaw

Seriously

June 28th, 2011
8:47 am

Go to ALA and learn how to poison trees!!!

Jingle Bells Batman Smells

June 28th, 2011
8:58 am

So do the mutts. Buh bye Mark Richt.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 28th, 2011
8:59 am

The kids size? Really have we forgotten how thin Tyler Bray is?

He has a pretty slow delivery for a NFL prospect? Thats just dumb….

Look UGA fans stop the poor mouthing of the kid simply because UGA is not recruiting him. UGA has QB’s through 2016 if they all stay. CMR is doing the young man a favor.

Bum Leg

June 28th, 2011
9:03 am

Please Mark Richt no need to recruit this guy. See Benedict and others.

JB

June 28th, 2011
9:09 am

We need to go to Ohio and that area to look for OL. Ohio St. and Michigan are both in a mess and that area produces big,nasty, smart lineman. I bet we could get some to bite.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 28th, 2011
9:14 am

JB,

Most of the mid western kids will probably sign with MSU, Wisconsin or Purdue if they don’t go to Ohio or Michigan. I think Michigan will rebound if their coaching situation stabilizes now. Hopefully they have a good one this time around.

JB

June 28th, 2011
9:18 am

I still think we might get one or two out of that region. I have always been impressed with the line play from both those schools.

TouchDown Charlie

June 28th, 2011
9:21 am

FINALLY a real QB.. This kid looks good and GA is stupid for not taking him. Now he will burn them in games. They should have taken a scholarship away from Hutson Mason and gave it to this kid.

Dawg '94

June 28th, 2011
9:24 am

Richt is correct in not signing a QB this year. Georgia doesn’t OVERSIGN & promise kids the world and later give them the shaft like Bama. And could someone tell Bama Ben how many starting NFL QBs are from Bama? Oh yeah….ZERO. GO DAWGS!

Dawginit.

June 28th, 2011
9:29 am

TouchDown Charlie,

You can’t play two qb’s at once and he’s not better than Murray or Lemay or even Bryce Ramsey who will be a top 5 qb when he is a senior.

TouchDown Charlie

June 28th, 2011
9:29 am

It’s refreshing looking at this kids highlight film, from his feet work, to his throwing motion to his delivery. He looks like he can make all the throws. Puts me in the mind frame of a Jay Culter when he was at Vanderbilt. Best QB prospect I have seen out of GA in a while. He should be starting at the lateset by his sophmore year no matter what program he attends.

TouchDown Charlie

June 28th, 2011
9:35 am

Dawginit,

I think he is a better QB then Murray, only thing Murray has over him is his mobility. In which UGA needs because their O-line is suspect. Honestly he looks better the Lemay and will be a better prospect when its all said and done. But you are correct UGA is invested in those two QB’s right now and dont need him. But I still think he is better then any QB on the roster. We all saw what Murray did without Green last year.

Homer

June 28th, 2011
9:35 am

NOPE. All wrong. Got a long loop from his under arm to the apex of his set before moving the ball forward toward his target and releasing. Gonna get him killed.

Homer

June 28th, 2011
9:38 am

And that, folks, is called a “hitch” and will likely be project No. 1 for whoever he signs with.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 28th, 2011
9:39 am

Jb,

Hope we can somehow get a couple from up there. They grow em big and rugged up there. Lived in Madison Wisconsin for 6 years in the late 90’s and early 2000’s and got to see some of the Badger boys up close. Big kids.

I wish a state like North Dakota took football more seriously also, because they got some big kids up there as well. I guess with their state having a small population though, places like N. Dakota state, a powerhouse usually in div. II get most of those that can play though.

GaPeach

June 28th, 2011
9:43 am

Worm

June 28th, 2011
9:49 am

@Bama Ben,Coach Richt’s track record with QB’s far exceeds Sabans..Two heisman winners and a #1 draft pick.

The Guru

June 28th, 2011
10:03 am

@touchdown charlie he is only being recognized because he is 6′5…he will land somewhere on potential. Wish him luck.

Top metro QB’s will be Mcrary and dawson and printz because of the spread offense…they will throw often and put up big numbers. but the better college prospects are Moody at henry, Prunty at Stockbridge, kid at chattahoochee, Mcrary at cedar grove in 2013

K Conley

June 28th, 2011
10:17 am

Glad UGA saw what all the locals see with this kid. Too slow and immobile, if the play isn’t a streaking, wide-open receiver, he will struggle. Has zero mobility. Brice Ramsey of Camden County seems to be a UGA priority in 2013 and deservedly so. The kid is a winner and plays the QB position like a Champion. Nuff said.

what a jackhole!

June 28th, 2011
10:30 am

@Touchdown Charlie………..I sure hope you are joking with some of the stupid things you’ve said here. This kid hasn’t even practiced on a college feild and you’re already saying he’s better than Murray? Yeah look at what Murray did last year! He was the 3rd rated Qb in the SEC! Yeah, you’re right, that does suck especially as a freshman! Reminds you of Jay Cutler? What? If Cutler would have played for any one other than Vandy he would have been 1st All SEC every year! More like Touchdown Charlie Brown! WOW!

TouchDown Charlie

June 28th, 2011
10:33 am

@ Homer I didnt see that. @The Guru aren’t they all landing based on potential. And any kid coming out of the spread offense I will not consider a top QB. I’ve watched highlights on Mcrary, Prunty and Moody none of them are as good at being a QB then Lambert. Great athletes, but not QB’s. They all will either be playing wider receiver or defense at the next level.

Tossed Salad

June 28th, 2011
10:38 am

I’m not saying the kid can’t throw, but I didn’t see a single one that looked even remotely special. Most barely “got there.” Kid’s got great size, though. I’ll give him that.

AU

June 28th, 2011
10:49 am

Bama Ben

June 28th, 2011
4:14 am
Greyson don’t take Georgia’s wishy washy recruiting too seriously ….. Mark Richt is infamous for recruiting Cam Newton as a tight end LOL!!!

Come to Sweet Home Alabama kid. You’ve got a prototype size and throw a nice spiral. Coach Saban will mold you into another NFL QB. Roll Tide
—————
HAHAHA yeah, that rich tradition of NFL quarterbacks from Saban and Alabama!!

Spider7

June 28th, 2011
11:00 am

Clemson received a commitment from Chad Kelly (QB) out of Buffalo, NY. They are only taking one QB in the 2012 Class.

Homer

June 28th, 2011
11:11 am

TD Charlie, are you saying you didn’t see that and now you do, or you don’t see it at all? Because it seems fairly obvious to me. QBs with any interest in delivering the ball the way it should be and as quickly as it should be come straight to the chest, straight to position slightly above the shoulder, and snap the through straight toward the target with minimal “backswing” in their motion. This kid brings the ball close then has the looong looop, like he’s drawing a capital “C” with the ball before beginning his forward motion. It’s almost like rather than keeping the ball parallel to the ground once he’s set with it above his shoulder all the way through to his release, he actually takes the ball and has it do a 180 until the other side is parallel, then back over again before releasing toward the target. Obviously it’s not a true 180 degree flip, I’m simply saying he has that little hitch before finally getting to his forward release motion. He should be straight in, straight up, and straight out forward. Not straight in, loop around to the up position, then straight forward.

Homer

June 28th, 2011
11:11 am

“Throw” not “through,” obviously.