Georgia’s No. 1 QB talks about picking Virginia over Alabama; UGA and Georgia Tech add recruits

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Georgia’s No. 1 college prospect at quarterback, Greyson Lambert, made his college decision over the weekend, with Virginia narrowly edging out Alabama in an intense recruiting battle.

The 6-foot-6, 195-pounder from Wayne County High School was also being recruited by Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee, Florida State, Florida, South Carolina and Clemson, among others, over the last year and he camped at many of his favorites in July.

“Yes, Virginia and Alabama, those were my two favorite schools,” Lambert told the AJC. “I just felt like the whole situation at Virginia is better for me. It was really tough to pick between those two. I was born in Alabama, and I have family still there. But I was just blown away by everything Virginia had to offer. It’s kind of weird saying that, when you’re talking about a school like Alabama right there. I don’t know, I just had a different feeling about Virginia … it was just a better fit for me.”

You’ve got to give props to Virginia coach Mike London for using a state-of-the-art recruiting tactic to seal the deal. When the blue-chip QB made an unofficial visit to Virginia’s campus on July 30, London wasn’t even there to make his salespitch. However, like any good football coach, he made an adjustment. We’ll let Greyson explain:

Georgia's No. 1 college prospect at QB for 2012, Greyson Lambert, committed to Virginia over Alabama

Georgia's No. 1 college prospect at QB for 2012, Greyson Lambert, committed to Virginia over Alabama

“They showed me a team video and at the end of it, there was a 10-minute segment that started out with Coach London sitting at his desk, saying ‘To Greyson and the Lambert family.’ He couldn’t be there because of a prior engagement, so he made a video and told me everything he wanted to tell me through that video. I thought it was really, really neat that he took the time out to make a video for me and my family that was there with me. He talked about his philosophy and the team rules, why he came to Virginia, what his players had learned from his coaching staff both on and off the field, and how thankful he was to be at Virginia.

“It was like he was talking to me in person. I just felt like for him to take the time out and do that, it was pretty special. My dad asked the coaches to rewind the video so he could tape it on his phone and show it to my mother. It meant a lot.”

The video clinched the deal for Virginia, although Lambert was  just about there anyways for other reasons. “I felt comfortable with the coaches and their vision for the football program, Charlottesville is the best college town in the country … and then you come back to academics at Virginia, which has maybe the best Business School in the nation. It was a great fit for me in all areas.” [Note: Lambert said he has a 3.8 GPA and plans to study Business]

“I’ve been praying a lot about [my decision] for the longest time. With all the signs I had been getting, my family and I felt like Virginia was where I was supposed to go. I really feel blessed for this opportunity. I want to thank my friends, family, teammates and coaches for all of their help in getting me to this point, and also says thanks again to the colleges that looked at me.”

Then came the hard part — delivering the news to runner-up Alabama. But it went rather well after the Lambert family contacted Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, according to the QB. “Alabama wished me the best of luck, said they were excited for me and that if I still wanted to visit them this year that I could come to any games that I wanted to. I thought that was very nice and classy of them.”

For more background on Virginia’s new QB recruit, go here.

IN CASE YOU MELTED IN THE HEAT OVER THE WEEKEND

  • Can you remember less than a month ago when fire alarms were going off with UGA fans about recruiting? It was because the Bulldogs had Z-E-R-O commitments at the team’s absolutely, positively, biggest recruiting need — offensive linemen. Boy have things changed quickly with 3 OL commits in the last few weeks. Bang, bang, bang. Now everybody take a deep breath. UGA beat out Virginia Tech and Penn State for OL No. 3, Baltimore’s Greg Pyke (click on story link)
  • The state of Georgia may have its deepest pool ever of college basketball prospects, with at least 24 holding high D1 offers. Both Georgia Tech and UGA are off to good starts with the homegrown talent. UGA landed Milton High School combo guard Charles Mann, while Georgia Tech beat out a host of schools for combo guard Chris Bolden, who was the hero of last season’s state championship game. Georgia Tech first-year coach Brian Gregory was impressive with his recruiting skills, both offering Bolden a scholarship and landing a commitment in the same day. Click here for more
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107 comments Add your comment

Bigdsel

August 8th, 2011
4:55 am

Oh well. UGA has some good qb’s anyways.

Bigdsel

August 8th, 2011
4:55 am

Wow, I was first on something.

jeffman

August 8th, 2011
6:09 am

UVA is a awesome academic school.. much better than either Alabama or Georgia.. as for football. they have a long way to go… but they have the right coach

Destin Dawg

August 8th, 2011
6:33 am

Alabama just lost #1 QB… in USA to Indiana U. ???? now they lose Lambert to UVA… Saban soon to leave the Tide ??? he’s thin this year !!! UGA has the Q.B.’s and didn’t offer…. Greyson, good luck.. get a good education… Go Dawgs !!!

DC

August 8th, 2011
6:34 am

Best of luck to him and his decision. Classy move by Alabama as well for wishing him the best of luck and still offering a visit.

JustMyOpinion

August 8th, 2011
6:48 am

Good luck, Greyson!

Proud-Dawg

August 8th, 2011
7:02 am

You know it’s a weak QB class in Georgia when the top signal caller in the state is a 3-Star prospect. But good luck to Grayson at UVA……@Jeffman, please don’t compare UGA academics to Alabama, thanks!

Jesup

August 8th, 2011
7:06 am

Bama just stole a diamond in the riff from Wake Forest. A better qb than Lambert, I watch him play every Friday and Lambert has zero mobility. If Saban wanted him he would have went. Georgia is not signing a qb this year. Best of luck to Greyson and GO DAWGS….

Sopwith Camel

August 8th, 2011
7:10 am

Good luck young man!

Paddy

August 8th, 2011
7:24 am

UVA does have a beautiful campus and area. But the best looking school East of the Mississippi is Virginia Tech. The best looking school in the country, you ask? IMHO is Pepperdine!

bawbie

August 8th, 2011
7:40 am

Fire Rodney Garner!

Bobby Joe Walnut

August 8th, 2011
7:41 am

Don’t worry about the negative comments from the UGA fans Greyson. At least you know who the Head Coach will be next year at your university.

bawbie

August 8th, 2011
7:41 am

This guy aint no midget UGA and Richt once again asleep at the wheel.

frannie mae

August 8th, 2011
7:44 am

UGA is in Big Big trouble ….

poopdawg

August 8th, 2011
7:51 am

Congratulations Grayson Lambert and good luck.

Real Problem

August 8th, 2011
8:05 am

Class kid all the way…..best of luck…..and IF you change your mind it looks as though Bama cracked the door. Deep down I feel this is a Bama kid at heart. Just a thought…..don’t give up on your dream….regardless, have a great career.

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2011
8:06 am

Bobby, that would really be a good point…………had there been any.

Robert

August 8th, 2011
8:07 am

Take that Kirby Smart!

“Charlottesville is the best college town in the country…”
Incorrect. That would be Athens.

JB

August 8th, 2011
8:08 am

Murray for 2 more years ,maybe three. LeMay will redshirt….and is he the real deal? Between now and next two years, Dawgs will bring in at least 2 more QB’s. OL pick ups looking good. I look for Dawgs to add 2-3 more to this group for next year.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 8th, 2011
8:14 am

JB,

Correct with those numbers. A UGA signing this year maybe even next may not step on garner a starting nod till 2016. Hard to recruit a Elite QB when other coaches know this and use that against you. UGA has zero issues at QB for the forceable future.

Cam Newton

August 8th, 2011
8:15 am

At 6′6″ he would have played tight end.

Rick

August 8th, 2011
8:15 am

Great decision! Despite the uninformed comments of Robert, C’ville is a much nicer place and better college town than Athens (I have lived in both), and, although UGA is moving up academically, UVa still beats it, hands down. This kid obviously has his priorities in the right place.

Ramblin Man

August 8th, 2011
8:20 am

DC,
Bama was not being classy they are keeping the open invite to try and keep recruiting the kid. Some of you are a joke. Every time a kid from Ga or anywhere for that matter commits anywhere but UGA first then any other SEC school then these teams were backing off anyway.

atlHOkie

August 8th, 2011
8:27 am

Enjoy being pummeled by the Hokies for the next four years…you have chosen poorly.

JDawg1785

August 8th, 2011
8:30 am

All the best at UVA, Greyson!

DawgInaTruck

August 8th, 2011
8:36 am

Bama has two recent, painful recruiting losses involving QB’s lately. Last week Jameis Winston of Hueytown, AL (considered by many to be the top Prep QB in the country) committed to FSU over Alabama and now Lambert chooses UVA.

My sources in Alabama tell me the natives are growing a little restless with Saban. The sting of blowing a 24 point half-time lead to, of all people, Auburn is still fresh and the whispers have begun that Saban is beginning to mentally check out on the Tide. As my Bama friend told me, “Heck yeah we worry, he’s done the same thing everywhere he goes.”

The wheels aren’t coming off yet but Saban has allowed them to loosen with his reputation and losing two QB’s to ACC schools that he desperately wanted.

RedandBlackDAWG

August 8th, 2011
8:45 am

D.C.,

Of course Alalbama would still offer him a visit. They will or are not be the only school to still leave the door open to him. You must mean, what a classy move to try and get him to change his mind, LOL .

I wish the kid good luck. He is going to a school, that is not usually too successful in football, but will give him a good education. This kid is smart enough to realize that. I hope though, that he didn’t make his decision weighing the video too heavily. I hope he consdiered his education as well, and it appears he did. Sounds like he has a good family suppport unit, that helped him make the decision that was best for him. Put on a few more pounds though, because at 6′6″, he is stretching a lot with 195 pounds to cover the ole body.

TampaGator

August 8th, 2011
9:13 am

Wow….if this kid doesn’t play in the NFL some day, he most likely will sit behind an executive, corporate desk in the future. His 3.8 GPA would not get him any playing time at Ohio State, a team that will not play anyone with a GPA over 2.0 or who can write a complete sentence (see the ESPN.com article on changes coming to the NCAA). I am not sure what kind of business school the other schools that recruited him have, but I can assure you none of them match up to the one at Virgina. This kid gets the opportunity to play college football while getting a great educaiton in business. A breath of fresh air coming out of Jesup.

And….yes….he would have been a backup at those others schools, and may be at Virgina too, but that is not the point. This kid’s decison was not based just on his football playing skills….he made it based on his skills and his life, long-term. There aren’t many 5-star, 4.3 in the 40, with barely a 2.0 GPA (which many pulled off in their last term in HS) making those kind of decisons…….yes….NCAA….make some changes….they are badly needed.

Jeffman Rebuttal

August 8th, 2011
9:14 am

UVA is a awesome academic school.. much better than either Alabama or Georgia.. as for football. they have a long way to go… but they have the right coach

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True. UVA is a great school. UGA seeks to be more like UVA and I believe is on its way. Giving will be key. Alabammer on the other hand has a long way to go.

Duh

August 8th, 2011
9:16 am

I thought she was a country singer.

TampaGator

August 8th, 2011
9:20 am

Okie….

sounds to me like his parents had a lot to to with his decision to go to VA…..but I guess you know better than them….or him… Va. Tech runs the spread, and this kid hardly fits into that schematic. He would have fit into the Bama style of offense…..and Bama’s QB last year was a 3-star coming out of HS as well…..and look at what he accomplished there. It isn’t always about just football for some of these recuits. For some, it is also about the brain and its development for the next 4 plus years. Good luck to this kid.

DawginLex

August 8th, 2011
9:23 am

another huge recruiting whiff for Bama

1.)The QB from Indiana
2.) Jameis Winston-the next charlie Ward
3.) Grayson Lambert

tide roll, WHAT is happening over in Tuscaloosa?

Gotta be concerned. How does a once proud program let these kids go to other schools?

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Bama Don

August 8th, 2011
9:31 am

Good luck Greyson at Virginia. The OFC at Bama yesterday said that most
college teams would love to have one good QB and that Bama has two that
are good and in other words BAMA IS LOADED!! RTR

TampaGator

August 8th, 2011
9:39 am

FYI…..Virginia has the 13th ranked business school in the country….with Duke at 12….and the ones above Duke are the Ivy League schools and MIT type schools. So, this kid made a great descion about his future, which may or not be in football.

Bama’s claim to academic fame…..having a great program in public relations.

So….this future Virginia grad and future CEO will some day hire a Bama grad to do PR for the corporation he heads up. Sounds like a good team to me.

TampaGator

August 8th, 2011
9:52 am

DawginLex….

Bama has:

1. A.J, McCarron, soph
2. Philip Sims, redshirt fr.
3 Philip Ely, fr.
4. Morgan Oglivie, jr.

so…..I think Bama is in good hands at QB for the next 3 to 4 years…..and this kid wanted to have a chance to play QB in college and get a great education in business. He would be carrying a clipboard for those years and not going to a highly ranked good business school at Bama.

Georgia is set for the future, too, with Murray – soph, Mason – soph, and LeMay, fr.

…and Florida too…..with Driskell – fr., Brissett – fr, and Murphy, redshirt fr.

This kid went to the best school for him….for now and the future…..and that is what is important.

DawginLex

August 8th, 2011
9:58 am

I know Tampa

UVA is an awesome school

My post is somewhat tongue firmly in cheek but I did it to make a point about how stupid his posts are regarding “How Richt lets so and so sign with so and so”

Don't Get Mad, but...

August 8th, 2011
9:59 am

UGa will never draw the best students like UVa and UNC. Those schools draw good students from the South and the North. UGa only appeals to top students in the South, primarily from the state of Georgia. Both UGa and UNC get top students from the Northern Virginia area; students whose parents have strong academic backgrounds with professions in the government, the high-tech arena, and in Fortune 5-Hundred companies. In other words, they come from highly motivated families.
UGa appeals primarily to good students from Ga.

Steve Williams

August 8th, 2011
10:09 am

Imagine that- a college-bound kid actually choosing a school for its excellent academics- shame on him! I say great for him. Beats all of these other barely literate dopes. Good luck to this guy.

Delbert D.

August 8th, 2011
10:12 am

This sets up Lambert’s family for the future way beyond football, as the University of Virginia uses the legacy system. His kids are virtually assured of being accepted to UVA assuming they have the grades.

Jesup

August 8th, 2011
10:18 am

I am telling y’all bans just stole a good one from wake forest. Greyson on the radio said this morning that virginia wanted him more. he was bamas 3 or 4 choice. I hope he has a monster year forWayne county throwing to young recievers that Mark Richt is already interested in…….Go Dawgs

Un-Tank

August 8th, 2011
10:23 am

Spin it how you want, Bama struck out on their top 3 QB targets this year. And don’t give me any of that Alec Morris garbage. Can you say REACH.? I mean, he plays on the #1 h.s.. team in Texas and not a single in-state school offerred him. Not one.

Tyler

August 8th, 2011
10:25 am

Obviously he values an education at a prestegious college and not some cow college.

gdawginkalamazoo

August 8th, 2011
10:48 am

I like to see these kids pick the school for the academics. That’s great to see.

Cam,
TE? Really? At 6′6″ if he added about 80 lbs he would make a great fullback.

Cam Newton

August 8th, 2011
10:59 am

gdawginkalamazoo, he was the same size as me when da preacha man offered me as a tight end.

LHarding Dawg

August 8th, 2011
11:14 am

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gdawginkalamazoo

August 8th, 2011
11:14 am

Cam, but you could have ended up a fullback like Bruce Figgins. You can never figure out the genius of Mark Richt. Imagine if you will a 6′7″ 270 lb full back coming at you through the middle. If I am a 6′4″
240lb LB, I am moving out of the way.

TampaGator

August 8th, 2011
11:19 am

This is for TideRoll….who may or may not be a Tide fan.

Recent Saban conversation with one of his players:

“Son, if you aren’t first string at Bama, or pusing for first string, you ain’t nobody here anymore…not on this team, you aren’t. You are a loser. Bama is all about winners….first string winners. No loser 2nd and 3rd stringers stay here very long. So, don’t get too comfortable getting that highly rated PR degree, even if I promised you and your mom that scholly for it…..cause Jax State and S. Alabama are in great need of loser 2nd and 3rd stringers from Bama…and you can play this year at one of those great Bama institutions of higher learning instead of sitting on my bench and taking up that valuable football scholly here at the school God ordained me to coach….and cause we currently have two 5-stars recruits we need desperately need to sign….and more than we need you now….and I told his mom about your scholly being available soon…..so…..can you pack your bags and leave campus now? If you want, Mr. Bowden will still take you at S. Bama, even if he did coach at that sorry school down on the Plains. Son, did you hear me? God has spoken to me and you. You need to leave the Bama campus right now! And don’t take any of those signed Bama jerseys with you, ya hear! We can still sell them…..cause you did get get in on one play your freshman year, didn;t you?. Did you hear me, son? Get off my team…..now! There is the door…..oh, let me hit the button under my desk….see, it opens all by itself when I hit that button. Ain’t that something!!!….Now….get the hell out of here. You aren’t a 5-star to me anymore, son. You are a scholly losing nobody!!!! Are you gone, yet? You have 5 secs and then that door shuts automatically. Ain’t that something now. Watch it….. 5, 4, 3, 2….still here? The SOB is finally gone to Jax State, I hope. If he hadn’t left, I might have become just as upset with him as I was with those reporters the other day…..how dare they report on my team without gettimg my permission first. Boy, are those media SOB’s arrogant…..to think they can do anything in this state without getting my permission first. Even God asks me first before answering prayers in this state. P.S…..God, don’t anwser the Jesup kids prayer about getting into Virginia’s business school. I know it is the state of VIrgina and I have no influence and control over that state…..but, God, I sent another kid to Jax State to open up that Scholly for him…and he still went to VA instead. Come to think of it……I have an idea about that kid’s upcoming flight to Va this fall….well….maybe not…..I have to admit, I was tempted by that idea….but I can tempt myself, can I?….cause I am the Great Satan…..I mean, the Great, one and only Saban. Well….let me take this call from good freind, Coach Tressel…..see you later God…..5, 4, 3, 2……..

LHarding Dawg

August 8th, 2011
11:21 am

Jesup and Wayne county are great places to grow up and go to school. I know Greyson is going to be a good quarterback at Virginia while getting a fine education. My GGGG-Grandfather, who fought in the Revolutionary War, is burried there along with many other ancestors. If he has their fighting spirit, he will be fine.

Also, Don’t get mad, is way off base with the academics at Georgia. Since Hope, Georgia only takes the best and brightest, with many students coming from out of state.

TampaGator

August 8th, 2011
11:24 am

And yes……sometimes retirement gets boring…..and you end up writing something like the above. Sorry, folks. I need to get up and do something construction……yes, dear, I can do that now.