Jack Lamb is easily among our favorite linebacker prospects out West this year and has tremendous upside to him.
He has great size and length, is a high level athlete who can run, play in space, make plays down the field in coverage, rush the passer and plays with a non-stop motor. He has the versatility to play inside or outside in college and has a chance to be a very special player at the next level.
"Oregon was great and I really liked the coaching staff," Lamb said. "I spent a lot of time with Coach Taggart. We probably spent 90 minutes in his office talking about the program and where he wants it to be. He's very committed to the turning the program around and has a plan for how to do it.
"The thing I liked was he talked about more than just football, he wants to bring in leaders. He talked about the what they want in a student athlete and said I'm exactly what he's looking for. He wants kids that are committed to football, being great students and who socially will represent the University well."
The facilities at Oregon are always a big draw and create a lot buzz but Lamb said that wasn't the focal point of the visit.
"They're very nice, don't get me wrong, but that's not really going to play a role in my decision," Lamb said. "It's more of an added bonus but I'm more interested in the school itself and the football program.
"I was able to spend time with Coach (Jim) Leavitt as well, the new DC and talk about how he sees me fitting in with the defense. It was funny, he said he likes me as an inside guy but Coach Taggart likes me as an outside guy so we had some fun with that. I think I can play either spot and I'll be happy to play wherever the team needs me the most, I'm comfortable at both."
The final stop was a visit to Penn State and it has been well documented already how many family ties Lamb has to the Nittany Lions program with both parents being alums of the school.
"It was a great visit, I loved it there," Lamb said over the weekend. "It was just me and my dad and it was the first time he had been back on campus since he graduated 25 years ago so he was seeing a lot of things for the first time. This was my first time ever visiting and I really enjoyed it. We toured the campus, checked out the Business School and talked to some professors about the academic set up there.
"We toured the weight room, sat in on some defensive meetings, specifically the linebacker meetings and met the whole coaching staff there. From there, we went to Coach Franklin's office and had a nice sit down meeting with him. He kind of picked my brain a little and asked me about location, if i would be willing to leave home to play college ball and asked what I wanted in a school. Then he told me I had a scholarship offer and it was pretty overwhelming. My dad and I were both really excited, I'm not sure who was more excited but it was a great moment for both of us."
Lamb had a chance to connect with the staff even more after his meetings with the coaches.
"After the meeting, we went to dinner with the whole coaching staff and had a really good time," Lamb said. "Coach Franklin is an awesome guy, it was weird to sit down and meet with him face to face after seeing him on T.V every weekend. I come from a pretty big PSU family so it was a lot of fun to meet Coach Franklin and the rest of the staff in person.
"The following day I watched the team practice and that was great too. I was really impressed by how intense it was. All of the guys take on the drills full speed and the scrimmage at the end was awesome too. The players and coaches all treated it like a real game and took it seriously, that really stood out for me."
As for making a decision, Lamb said he still has a ways to go before he can think about committing anywhere.
"I'm not close to doing anything right now," Lamb said. "All five of those schools I visited were great and it's all still pretty overwhelming right now. I'm going to write everything down, the pros and cons of each school and go from there. I'm going to go back to UCLA for a practice, I really like those coaches a lot too and if I need to, I could take another visit or two to one of these schools I just visited to get one last look.
"I would really like to be able to commit by end of the summer but if I'm still not totally sure what I want to do, I'll wait and take my official visits in the fall. I'm not going to rush this and like I said, I have a ton of thinking to do. I loved all five schools I visited, they're all so different but I loved each one of them so it's going to be a really tough decision for sure."