T&F or Football? Lamb Wants Both

Many football prospects around the country are faced with the decision whether they'd like to pursue another sport in college or just solely focus on the gridiron. Some prospects, such as accomplished track athlete Bryce Lamb, are set on playing both sports in college. The fact that ASU has established programs in both sports just may entice the Chandler (Ariz.) standout to stay at home.

"I've been hearing from Arizona State football and Arizona State track and field," said Lamb. "It's good that they have good programs in both sports. The coaches in both sports don't mind me playing both, and that's why there's one of the schools I'm looking at."

Aside from the Sun Devils, Colorado, Oregon State, Arizona, Northwestern, Air Force and Nevada have all offered Lamb scholarships and all schools are recruiting him as an athlete. Cal has also offered the Chandler standout, and is reportedly the only school that is recruiting Lamb as a safety. "Some schools are recruiting me just for track," Lamb stated. "They know I play football and want to play both sports, so they contact the football coach in their school so he can recruit me. I know Texas A&M and LSU were recruiting me just for track and they both said that they're gonna contact the football coach at the school."

"Wanting to play both sports is kind of making it hard for recruiting. Different schools just want me for one sport, and 9 out of the 10 schools that have a top-notch track program aren't the same ones recruiting me for football. It's hard but I know that it's all gonna work out."

Lamb admitted that being recruited by Arizona State in both sports is appealing, but at this point he's not sure if the fact that the Sun Devils are in his back yard is actually an advantage or not. "I just don't know if I want to stay home for college," said Lamb, "or like a lot of other athletes go away for college and go out there and try something else in the world. But I wouldn't mind staying home."

As a junior Lamb registered 1,053 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 75 tackles, two blocked FGs and two interceptions. He was named all-region at running back, defensive back and special teams. He won the state's championship in the long jump and came in second in the triple jump.

"A lot of my strengths have to do with my speed," said the 6-0 190 Lamb. "I can cover on defense, and on offense I can create separation and get a lot of yards. I can get better at tackling and blocking." Lamb indicated that he spent a good deal of the off-season hitting the weight room to get stronger.

Due to his track commitments, Lamb didn't participate in any combines in the off-season. He didn't take any unofficial visits or participated in any team camps either, but already has an official visit scheduled in the fall to Colorado Oct. 4th. "Academics are really important to me," said Lamb who carries a 3.2 GPA. "When I choose a school, I'm gonna look at how the coaches are in both football and track and field, and make sure that they're all cool with me doing both sports. I also want to go to a school in an area that I can see myself living for the rest of my life."

November 9th is Lamb's birthday and he set that special day as a potential deadline to make his commitment. "I guess that will be my birthday present to myself," he said, "to make a decision before my birthday."

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