March 20, 2013

Big-time JUCO DL offered

As his high school career ended at Burke County High School, Georgia Military defensive lineman Davonte Lambert knew he would have a hard time qualifying.

The 6-foot-3, 275 pound standout decided to stay in the Peach State and play at the JUCO level for GMC, but that didn't stop one of his home state teams, Georgia, from hosting him on official visit.

On Wednesday, the Bulldogs extended an offer.

Lambert, however, found out about it in a quite unusual way.

"I went to my old high school today to visit my high school coaches and work out," Lambert said. "My coach (Eric Parker) got on Facebook and tagged me in a post that said that Georgia had offered me. That is how I found out about it. I felt really, really good about getting that offer."

Having taken an official visit to the Classic City, Lambert is already familiar with what UGA has to offer.

"I know that they are really big on education there," he said. "They have a great football program. That is great as a football player to have a chance to go to a great football school and get a good education."

The JUCO prospect is also excited about the Georgia offer because of the fact that the Bulldogs recruited him when both sides knew that it would likely be at least a year and a half before Lambert was eligible to sign with an FBS school.

"That is really big for me for them (UGA) to just stick with me when I was in high school and they have stuck with me now that I am in junior college," Lambert said. "It tells me that they just really, really want me and they just won't ever give up on me."

According to the Burke County product, the Bulldogs are also in line for his first offer once he is officially eligible to start taking visits.

"I just got off the phone with Coach O (Kirk Olivadotti) at Georgia tonight and he said that I'll basically have to wait to go back to school for another quarter then come and visit during the summer," he said. "That will be when I can visit a school and it will be my first visit to a school."

Lambert says that he will be graduating from GMC in December and enrolling at the school of his choice in January with three years to play two.

His time at GMC, however, is time that he believes has prepared him for the next level as a player and a person.

"Going to a military college, you have to be your own man," he said. "You have to be yourself. You can't try to be anyone else or lean on anyone else. That military stuff is going to make you do everything like a man. Going to GMC has really made a man out of me. It has helped me figure out things like being away from home and how I can handle things. It has been a very good experience to be here and be on my own for some time."

More offers are bound to pour in for Lambert in the near future, and for right now, he says that no team leads for his services.

He also isn't sure when he will make a decision.

"I'm think I'm basically just going to wait until my final junior college season comes," Lambert said. "I'm going to see what kind of opportunities I've got and what offers are on the table and then figure things out. I'm not sure what I am going to do yet, though."

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