Portland's Lambert at fall camp of 'No. 1'

RAPHIEL LAMBERT, he of the game breaking speed and electrifying moves, took in Day Seven of Oregon State's fall camp and liked what he heard, saw and felt as the Beavs ran through a spirited session in Corvallis. The 5-9, 185-pound firecracker out of Portland's Jesuit High provides a recruiting update, names his frontrunner, talks timetable, and more.

Oregon State was the first to offer Lambert and is the school he's had the most contact with this summer.

"Me and the Beavs are pretty close," said Lambert. "And it's close to home. They were the first school to offer me and I've been talking to them for quite some time, and also back during my junior season, so we've built a pretty good relationship."

He was in Corvallis yesterday and spent some time hanging out with the Beavs and taking in the sights and sounds of the Oregon State fall football camp.

"I liked what I saw down there (Thursday), it was a lively bunch of guys," said Lambert. "I like all the coaches, and I'm pretty familiar with the staff. I'm comfortable there, so it will be a good place to go if I decide to go play college football there."

Meanwhile, Oregon, UW and Colorado are among those lurking and staying in contact.

"Oregon is just saying they hope I have a good year and to keep the Ducks in mind, and they're staying in contact. And the UW is doing the same," said Lambert.

Boise State has offered, as has Montana and Portland State.

"I went there for their full contact camp for a couple of days and I really liked the campus, and meeting with the coaches," said Lambert of BSU.

SCOUT.COM's PLAYER profile page -- a living document continually updated to reflect the current recruiting state -- on Lambert has shown Oregon State and Boise State in a tie for the lead of late. Lambert on Thursday night, however, said that's not entirely accurate.

"I would have to say right now Oregon State would be on top," said Lambert. "They're the first school to offer me and to be interested in me, and they've been interested in me for quite some time. So right now, they're my Number 1 school."

LAMBERT SAID he's in no rush to make a decision, and anticipates taking his visits and that those would probably factor in heavily.

"I plan on taking some official visits once the school year starts and getting a real good idea on those of where I want to go -- and then maybe make my decision sometime during the season.

"I'm just looking forward to having an amazing senior season and hopefully, we can go out and compete for a state title again. I don't want (my recruitment) to be a distraction to my team. I've been working with the young guys on our team at Jesuit, trying to get ready for my senior year and focusing on that.

"So I'll see how my senior season goes and make a decision and the coaches all seem pretty okay with that...and I can't really ask for more than that," he said.

Raphiel Lambert profile and video


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