"It really helped Auburn as far as knowing the coaching the coaches and getting to know the players," said Lawrence, who will be a sophomore at Georgia Military College this fall. "Before I came here I didn't know anything about Auburn. It showed me the tradition and everything they have."
One person who Lambert spent time with was a familiar face, defensive line coach Rodney Garner, who had recruited him when Garner was on the University of Georgia staff. "I really love Coach Garner," the prospect said. "He treats me just like a son even though he has six girls. That is really special to have a coach who treats his players like family."
Standing six-foot-three and weighing in at 280 pounds, Lambert is rated as a three-star prospect and has a long list of offers, including one from Auburn.
Asked what he does best as a player, Lawrence said, "The way I run to the football with my effort. With the power and speed I use against offensive linemen, I think I can bring something good to any team I go to."
Although he would like to chose a college before the start of the season, the lineman said he isn't ready to name a favorite although he said the Tigers, Tennessee and Florida are at the top of his list in no particular order.
Commenting on his official visit to Auburn, he said, "It felt like I home. I liked the coaches and the players. It was unbelievable being able to bond with the players on the first day. I really loved it."
Lambert said he liked the facilities, including the new dorm the football team will use when it opens in August. "I got a tour of the dorm and it is awesome," he said.
Asked what he will base his college choice on, Lambert said, "The most important things are the education and knowing that I can be a part of a family."
Interested in studying physical therapy, Lambert made the visit with his Georgia Military College teammate Devaroe Lawrence, who committed to the Tigers on Sunday. "Devaroe loved it and I am happy for him," said Lawrence, who noted his teammate is a talented player and will be fun to line up next to this fall. "We have something special going on at GMC," he noted.
"At GMC I am playing defensive end," Lambert said. "At times we have special stunts and I go to a three technique (tackle). Coach Garner said he is going to play me at defensive end and three technique--kind of move me around. I really love it because it shows my athleticism."
Originally from Burke County High in Waynesboro, Ga., Lambert made 27 tackles with two sacks last year. A player who weighed as much as 290 pounds, he dropped down to 255 to improve his quickness, but said his current weight gives him the best combination of size and strength
The prospect made is clear that Auburn is under serious consideration. "They treat me like family and Auburn's facilities are really nice," he said. "Knowing my position, and what I am coming into, that just shows me they have got things going on at Auburn."