“Really, he helped me out,” Rambo said of Treggs, who coaches at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, but had seen the cornerback/safety/receiver/quarterback during summer passing leagues. “He put in a good word for me the day I got the offer, to coach [Rob] Likens and coach [Sonny] Dykes. He helped me out, through the process.”
Since Rambo got the offer, he’s improved greatly. After playing quarterback last year at Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei (his first and only time ever playing the position), throwing for 963 yards and eight TDs, while rushing for 569 yards and 10 more scores, Rambo transferred to La Salle, where he’s happy to play just three positions – corner, safety and receiver.
He said that he’s improved the most at corner, and those who have seen him agree. One source told BearTerritory that he would be ready to play immediately at the college level, and complimented on his length, strength and athleticism.
“I think I’ve improved cornerback the most. Really, two years ago, that’s when I started playing, so I was really raw playing it,” Rambo said. “I got my technique down, and being tall let me use my length, so now I know how to use my length against other people, so it really helped me out a lot.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder is exactly what the Bears want when it comes to cornerbacks, particularly with the state of the passing defense over three of the past four weeks, and with the continuing increase in the size of receivers throughout the conference. The topic of playing early has indeed been broached.
“I’m thinking that. The coaches are telling me that. Hopefully, they can get it together, but I would still love to come here and play as a freshman,” Rambo said. “I was in the dining hall, talking with another commit, from Oaks Christian. I’ve been talking with him, and he’s been telling me how much I’d love it here, and I talked with the coaches and everything. Then, I got down on the field, and I love it.”
Rambo had been trying to visit the Bears for two weeks, and when he finally got to Memorial Stadium on a Saturday afternoon, it made a big impression.
“This is my first time being up here,” he said. “It’s a caring environment, a college town, everybody just loves being around here. It’s a really great atmosphere.”