Top Jr. Prospect: CA DB Terrail Lambert

The top overall performer at the US Army Undergraduate Combine in San Antonio Jan. 4-5 was SoCal defensive back <B>Terrail Lambert</b>. It was exciting watching Terrail at the combine, and even more exciting finding out he's a Michigan fan! Terrail gave yours truly a call last night.

DB Terrail Lambert from Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure had US Army combine stats of: 5-11, 187 lbs., 4.43 in the 40 (a 'real time' on a slow track), 4.08 sec. shuttle (pro agility), 32-inch vertical, twelve bench press reps of 185 lbs., a 9-foot 9-inch broad jump, benched 185-pounds 12 times, 1.59 sec. 10 yard dash, 7.31 sec. three-cone drill, 9-9 standing broad jump. Participants were given a 'score' based on all these stats -- and Lambert finished with the highest score overall.

Lambert woke yours truly out of a sound sleep last (Wed.) night to talk.

Terrail, you're a Michigan fan?

"Well, When I first started following college football, in 4th or 5th grade, it was Michigan that I became a fan of. It was their uniforms at first. Then I learned what a top program it is. Then in the 1997 National Championship year, I really got hooked. Charles Woodson became my favorite player."

What contact has Michigan had so far?

"So far Michigan has been sending me letters. They've already sent me information on the new DB coach, Ron English."

Do you have any scholarship offers yet?

"Yes. Northwestern has offered me."

Who else do you like?

"Miami, USC, and Notre Dame."

What are your spring and summer plans?

"I'll go to the Nike camp here in Los Angeles. This summer I'll go to the USC camp, it's right around corner here. Then I'll be going to passing camps and doing summer workouts with my team."

You were named the top overall performer at the US Army Combine January 4-5 in the San Antonio Alamadome? We watched you there, you looked great. Tell us about going to the combine.

"I flew in by myself ... but three of my teammates were there as well: defensive end Allen Brunner, quarterback Brian Stevens, offensive tackle Eric Rouser. I went last year as sophomore too. It was really exciting to do as well as I did and be the top performer."

What position do you see yourself playing?

"I'm playing safety right now, but I want to play the corner in college. Like Woodson? Yeah."

Are you playing other sports?

"I'm also running track ... the 100m, 200m, and 4 X 100. My best time in the 100 is 10.6 seconds."

As a junior Lambert recorded 66 tackles, nine tackles for loss, eight pass break-ups, and six sacks. He has been recognized by Tom Lemming (who was at the US Army Combine) as one of the top junior prospects.

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