Bruins Watching Lambert

OCT. 17 -- UCLA is keeping a close eye on the Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame 2016 running back, Leo Lambert...

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame 2016 running back Leo Lambert (5-10, 180), is back and fully healthy this season, after having to sit out his sophomore year from surgery on his jaw.

And the Knights are glad to have him back.

Lambert is having a good junior year and giving the Knights a weapon out of the backfield that they were expecting when Khalfani Muhammad graduated.

“I just wanted to come out and play to the best of my abilities,” said Lambert. “I’m happy and excited to be playing.”

Despite missing his sophomore season, Lambert was already known by college coaches and they’ve picked up the interest since his return.

“I’m hearing a lot from Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA the most,” said Lambert.

The Bruins have been a school that Lambert is fond of.

“I like UCLA a lot,” said Lambert, who went to their last two home games. “Coach (Kennedy) Polamalu and I have been talking a lot. “

Notre Dame, where teammate C.J. Sanders is committed, is also a place that has Lambert’s interest.

“I’ve always like Notre Dame too,” said Lambert. “They’ve been showing a lot of interest.”

Lambert said Sanders’ arrival, with his speed needing to be respected by opposing defenses, has opened things up for him.

“It’s amazing having C.J. out there,” said Sanders. “Coach (Kevin) Rooney is really excited about it too. They call us Batman and Robin. But we’re a full team. You have to respect the whole team.”

Lambert said he’s eager to get his first offer, but isn’t worrying.

“I’m back and healthy and that’s what’s been important,” said Lambert. “I’ll be patient and just be happy playing.”

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