Coach Speak: Big expectations for Lambert

InsideTennessee keeps you updated on Tennessee football recruiting. Scroll down to read a story on Vols commit Davonte Lambert.

Some coaches avoid placing lofty expectations on players in fear they'll never live up to the billing or the praises will go to their head.

Some coaches. It's not the case for Georgia Military College's Bert Williams.

Simply put, he's confident.

The coach knows he's not stretching it when he raves about the abilities and potential of Davonte Lambert, his standout defensive lineman who verbally committed to Tennessee back on Aug. 13.

"I expect big, big things from him," Williams told InsideTennessee. "I expect him to be a playmaker and force at the next level."

The Vols are in desperate need of a "playmaker" along the defensive line heading into the fast-approaching 2014 season.

Tennessee graduates all of its defensive line starters. Lambert's chances of cracking the two deep right when he sets foot on campus in January are very promising.

But Williams will tell you Lambert would get a shot at starting even without the Vols' glaring depth issues, citing his work ethic as proof.

"He's a worker. He goes to work every day," Williams said of the Scout four-star. "He'll be fine up there. It's just in his nature to work and get better each and every day."

While Lambert built an impressive offer list that included Auburn, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida State, Miami and others, Williams said the attention only made him work harder.

"Davonte is just the type of guy that everyday looks to make not only himself better, but also his teammates better," Williams told IT. "He is dependable in every way you could use the word in terms of a college student athlete. He's as solid a defensive lineman as they come."

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And Williams knows a thing or two about defensive lineman.

Georgia Military College also produced Tennessee's sedan-sized defensive tackle Daniel McCullers.

Williams said McCullers played an important role in Lambert's decision to declare to Tennessee.

"I think Daniel sold him on the Volunteer program more than anyone," Williams said.

At 6-foot-2, 280-pounds, Lambert doesn't command the sheer size and presence of the much larger McCullers, but Lambert's role at Tennessee will be similar in some ways.

Like McCullers, Lambert's future is likely as a three-technique at the SEC level, fighting through double teams and clogging the middle of the field.

Williams agrees, but adds that Lambert is athletic enough to push out as a five-technique on running downs.

"He's got the range to do it all. If they need him to, he can play some end," Williams said. "He's very athletic."

While Williams gushed and raved about Lambert's abilities on the field, the compliments only escalated when discussing Lambert off the gridiron.

"In addition to a great player, (Tennessee) is getting a great, great young man and great leader," Williams told IT. "They're going to get a great member of their college community when he gets up there."

Lambert led Georgia Military College to an 11-1 season that came to an end with a 55-32 loss on Sunday to East Mississippi in the national title game.


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