Last weekend South Carolina welcomed 2012 four-star quarterback Greyson Lambert of Jesup, Georgia to campus for a visit. The Gamecocks rolled out the red carpet and the 6'5, 195-pound rising senior came away impressed, calling South Carolina "top-notch."
"It was a great visit," Lambert said. "I got there about 9:00 and met up with Coach (Jeep) Hunter. He walked me and my dad out on the football field and told us some things they're going to do to change the field a little bit - getting the new jumbotron and moving the offices from one side of the end zone to the other."
The scoreboard - which fans have been clamoring about for years - finally got the approval of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee of the Board of Trustees last week. The $6.5 million video scoreboard will be in place for the 2013 season.
After being shown the plans for the new scoreboard and other changes planned for Williams-Brice Stadium, the three went into the player lounge to wait for quarterback coach GA Mangus.
"Whenever Coach Mangus got there he took my dad and I and kind of showed us around the locker room and weight room, and some more of the facilities," Lambert said. "They were all top-notch. As good as anywhere in the country."
Mangus, who would be Lambert's position coach should he choose Carolina, made quite an impact on Lambert as well.
"He's a straight-forward guy," Lambert said. "He's fun to be around - cutting up and making jokes - but he also tells you how it is. He's a good guy to be around."
Following the meeting with Lambert and watching some of the 7-on-7 tournament that was held Saturday, Hunter took Lambert and his father on a tour of the school, which included a visit to the famed Horseshoe and a visit of the state of art Dodie Academic Enrichment Center.
"Coach Hunter took my dad and I around the campus and showed us the whole campus, all the hangout spots and colleges, and the academic center," Lambert said. "It was a great visit. I was there basically the whole first half of the day and my dad and I really liked it.
"They're always adding something new - always trying to make it better," he continued. "It's hard to do that whenever it's as good as it is. All of what they're doing is great."
Lambert is set to graduate early and enroll next January so the summer is an important time for the quarterback. Prior to his visit to Carolina, Lambert visited NC State and came away impressed with what the Wolfpack had to offer. He's scheduled to visit Arkansas on July 15th, Alabama on July 18th, and will return to Columbia on July 21st. He plans on making other visits, but has yet to set dates.
Last month, Lambert told Scout that there were eight schools recruiting him hardest. Alabama, Clemson, South Carolina, Miami, Louisville, NC State, Mississippi State and Purdue have all shown a lot of interest in Lambert, but he has yet to narrow the list and name a favorite.
"I don't (have a favorite) right now," Lambert said. "I'm going to take as many visits as I can this summer, then I might narrow some things down. Once the season starts I'm going to try and put much of my focus on the season, but I might narrow some things down during the season."
Lambert had originally said he planned to commit before the school year begins, but that is no longer the case.
"That used to be the goal, but I haven't been able to be out and be active in recruiting and going to universities," Lambert said. "I'm going to try and do as much of that here at the end of the summer."
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