Patrick Lambert Climbs Aboard

The Cincinnati recruiting bus continues to chug along, and it's getting quite crowded. The latest stop was in Florida as Patrick Lambert became the 11th senior-to-be to verbally commit to the Bearcats.

If many more high school players want to play their college football with a Cincinnati "C" Paw on the side of their helmet, they may want to make a phone call to Brian Kelly in the near future because the seats on the 2008 UC recruiting bus are filling up quickly. Estimates have the Bearcats taking 18 recruits this year so they are nearing two/thirds of capacity with several more players reported to be strong leans that could make the call to Cincinnati within the next week or two. Patrick Lambert from Osceola High School is the latest to verbally commit to the Bearcats.

Lambert is a 6' 1"/183 pound defensive back who ran a 4.62 second forty-yard dash on Field Turf while camping at UC on Monday, June 11. In accepting the Cincinnati offer, Patrick spurned scholarships from Middle Tennessee State and Colorado State.

The Bearcat roster is filled with players who played for their father in high school (Jon Carpenter, Tyler Clifford, John Goebel, Jared Martin, Cedric Tolbert, Ben Mauk, and Craig Parmenter all played for their fathers in high school.) Lambert is also the son of a coach. Brian Lambert has over two decades of coaching experience and presently works part-time as defensive back coach for the Osceola Ghost Riders of the WIFL. The elder Lambert was also a member of the Osceola High School staff in 1998 when the Kowboys (not misspelled) won the 5A state championship. Patrick believes his father's coaching experience influenced his future as a college football player. "I've been around football so much. I was pretty much born with it, and it just came to me. He's coached me since I was little."

As a sophomore, Lambert made the 2-nd team Osceola/Polk All-County Football Team and was voted to the 1-st squad last season after a strong junior season. That brought recruiters to Kissimmee, among them Bearcat assistant coach Tim Hinton. "Coach Hinton looked at my tape and came to our school. They made a soft offer, but it wasn't written. During the one day camp at Cincinnati, I had two picks, and the coaches said later that they wanted to talk to me inside. They sat my dad and me down in the defensive office and said, ‘Congratulations, you have a written offer from Cincinnati.' I got it in the mail a couple days ago."

Patrick didn't commit on the spot, but he was impressed with Cincinnati. "The school was awesome. All the facilities are new, and the coaches are so cool and personable. That's what I liked." Despite the very positive impression left by Cincinnati, Patrick decided to honor his commitment to attend Purdue's camp earlier this week. "I had already had my mind set on Cincinnati, but my dad wanted me to still go and see Purdue. I also had family up there and visited with them for a couple days." After the visit to Purdue, there was no doubt that Patrick wanted to become a Bearcat. "Purdue may be more recognizable, but the Cincinnati coaches treated me so well, and I just didn't get the same feeling at Purdue." Not getting "the same feeling" caused Lambert to end his recruitment as he prepared to fly home from Purdue. "Coach Hinton text me and asked if it was a great day for the Cincinnati Bearcats. I called him and told him I was ready to commit."

Although recruiting sites like list Lambert as a safety, he actually plays outside linebacker at Osceola High School. Patrick thinks he'll play safety at Cincinnati, but he's not sure. "It's a little iffy, but they were looking at me at strong safety, and I had a good day." If Patrick can add some weight, he's not necessarily opposed to moving closer to the line of scrimmage as a linebacker. "I like sticking my nose in there, but playing strong safety felt good."

Patrick's father lettered all four years as a receiver at the University of Dubuque while his grandfather and uncle played football at Ball State. Both of Patrick's parents teach at Osceola High School where Patrick has an estimated 2.9 GPA and 850 on the SAT. He also plays soccer and runs the 400 meters in track.

The internet and specifically Bearcat Insider have allowed Patrick to know he is Cincinnati's 11th verbal commitment this spring/summer. "I've been looking it up on the internet. Bearcat Insider is where I get all the information." (This kid's even brighter than I thought.)

Patrick said his verbal commitment was "solid."

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