JR Prospect Terrail Lambert

He's considered one of the best all-around prospects in the west in the junior class, and St. Bonaventure's <b>Terrail Lambert</b> might be among the fastest...

Terrail Lambert, 5-11, 180, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure, is considered early to be one of the best overall prospects on the west coast in the junior class.


Lambert, playing mostly safety for CIF champ St. Bonaventure last year, had 66 tackles and 11 sacks, while also playing some tailback.  He's touted as one of the speedsters on the west coast, having run a 4.42 40 at the U.S. Army National Combine in January in El Paso, Texas.  At that combine, he was named the #1 athlete to participate. Lambert said, though, that he commonly runs in the 4.3s in the 40, and, in track, runs a hand-timed 10.4 and electronic 10.6 in the 100 meters, which is blazing.  "I think my speed is an asset," Lambert said. "But my strength as a defensive back is probably just reacting to the ball in air.  I can fly once I see the ball in the air."


Lambert said that most of the college programs he's hearing from early are recruiting him generally as a defensive back.  "I don't know where they would want me to play, safety or cornerback back. I don't think they know. I think it depends on how I develop in the next couple of years," he said.


The list of schools he's hearing from includes Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, USC, Oregon, Washington and Colorado.  He does have an early favorite, though – and it's the school that was his favorite growing up.  "Michigan," Lambert said, "I have to say Michigan. They were the first team I saw play in college football. I turned on the TV, and it was the first team I saw play.  They're still my favorite right now."


He said he has a scholarship offer from Northwestern, believes that Ohio State offered him through his high school coach, and that USC had implied recently that they could offer soon. 


In regards to UCLA, Lambert said, "I'll definitely consider them. They're close to home and have good academics, which is very important to me."


Lambert said he has a 3.3 GPA and will take the SAT for the first time April 5th, but did score a 975 on the PSAT.


Aside from academics, he said there are other factors that are important to him in picking a school. "I'm looking for a place where I can produce the most, contribute the most, be an impact player. That's what's really important to me besides academics." Lambert said that location or being close to his family probably wouldn't be that big of a factor. "I'll always keep in touch with my family.  But wherever you to go school, you're going to have to adjust, so location doesn't really matter."


Lambert has a pretty good idea as to the time frame of a potential decision. "I'll wait. I want to weigh all my options and see what every school has to offer. I'd like to definitely take all five trips. "


Coming from a school that has had two prospects in the last two years that have each been ranked the #1 players in the country on various national recruiting lists, Lorenzo Booker and Whitney Lewis, Lambert said he's learned some things about watching them get recruited. "I think I learned most how to handle myself and carry myself. I learned to be respectful, be humble, and through it all always work hard."

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