4-Star Defensive End Signs With Auburn

Four-star Davonte Lambert talks about his decision to sign with the Auburn Tigers over Tennessee on Wednesday.

Already with 5-star wide receiver D'haquille Williams, four-star safety Derrick Moncrief and big offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer in the fold on the first day of mid-year junior college signing day on Wednesday, the Auburn Tigers added another big piece of the puzzle when four-star defensive end Davonte Lambert switched his commitment from Tennessee to Gus Malzahn's program and signed on the dotted line.

Playing in 12 games for Georgia Military College alongside fellow Auburn commitment Devaroe Lawrence, the 6-3, 280 Lambert made 36 tackles with 14 for losses while adding eight sacks and four forced fumbles. Expected to come in and challenge for playing time right away for the Tigers with the losses of Dee Ford, Craig Sanders and Nosa Eguae at end, Lambert says for him it was all about the opportunity for playing time and his relationship with Rodney Garner.

"I can just say that at Auburn I just know Coach Garner will bust his tail for me to put me in the league," Lambert tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "At the same time I'm going to bust my tail for him as well. Devaroe never just told me to come to Auburn with him, but at the same time when you look at everything with the coaches you can't go wrong with Coach Garner.

"Just knowing that he rotates his defensive linemen like crazy put the thought in my head that I know I'll be fresh for another down," he adds. "It's also about knowing that I can trust the players that are going in for me as well."

Davonte Lambert

Originally from Burke County High in Wayneboro, Ga., Lambert was recruited hard by Georgia, LSU, Troy and several others coming out of high school even though he was junior college bound all the time. Now on track after graduating from Georgia Military, Lambert said that early time spent getting to know Garner when he was at Georgia was huge for him.

"It's just his determination," Lambert says. "It's the way he stays on me and everything. He was just like a father figure away from home. That's basically it."

Spending two seasons at Georgia Military as a cadet, Lambert says that while it wasn't always a fun time for him it was a great learning experience and taught him what he needed to go in order to become a man.

"Some days (I enjoyed it), but some days I didn't," Lambert says. "You just have to deal with it and keep on moving.

"It helped me a lot knowing everything is based on time," he adds. "Being on time is a very big deal everywhere you go. Being in the military helped me a lot on knowing what to do, when to do it and how to do it."

Now with the decision behind him and preparing to join his new team for spring practice, Lambert says he's just focused on being ready to hit the ground running and make some noise on Auburn's defensive line.


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