Commiting yourself to a position change is hard for some young players, but when you fully commit - the dividends can be huge.
Take for instance Miamisburg (OH) Cody Lamb, a 6-4 260 OT, who started his high school career as a TE before making a switch to offensive line. On Tuesday, Lamb was rewarded with his first FBS offer - from the Ball State Cardinals.
"It is just unbelievable right now," Lamb said. "I didn’t know the offer was an option. It was a total surprise and came out of nowhere. It is hard to put into words my emotions right now."
Miamisburg Coach Steve Channell spoke glowing about his senior-to-be OT, who is as talented as any OT in the state, but gets overshadowed by his bigger named teammate.
"Ball State made a very smart decision by offering Cody," Coach Channell said. "He has been overlooked because he is on the same line as (Ohio State commit) Josh Myers. He has good physical size and he continues to improve, he is only 16 years old right now, so his upside is very high. He is a very highly motivated young man. His work ethic is great. He is only now growing into his body. This offer really helps him gain confidence and it will proce to him that his hard work is paying off. You will see a fiercer type guy in the future because of this offer."
Lamb picked up his offer during his visit on Tuesday to Ball State.
"I visited there (Ball State) yesterday and they hinted at it (the offer) and then they came through with the offer," Lamb said. "They took me around campus and it is well laid out. They showed me about my major I am going to do, which is physical therapy and athletic training. I got to meet Coach (Kyle) DeVan and Coach (Mike) Neu are really nice and seem to know their stuff. They were great to talk to."
Ball State is not the only school that has expressed interest in Lamb. Along with a visit to a game at Purdue this past season, Lamb is also hearing from Wake Forest, Bowling Green, Miami, Toledo, Ohio and Cincinnati.
"I absolutely love this gam," Lamb said about what he brings to the field. "I love pushing myself to the max limit. I just love being out there and winning, there is no feeling like it. I just go as hard as I can."