Lambert Loves the Bruins

DEC. 1 -- The Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame 2016 running back, Leo Lambert, visited UCLA unofficially on Tuesday and he's been a staple at home games...

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame 2016 running back Leo Lambert (5-10, 175) has been to just about every UCLA home game this season and was on campus on Tuesday for a practice.

“The UCLA practice was great,” said Lambert. “I loved getting to see what a typical day in the UCLA football program would be like. They have some of the best facilities and have much more to offer and many opportunities that several other schools do not.”

The highlight for Lambert was getting to talk to each of the UCLA coaches.

“I did get a chance to meet each coach and they welcomed me with open arms and really nailed it with their hospitality,” said Lambert. “The UCLA coaches are one of the nicest group of guys you will ever meet and so are their players. It was very welcoming and felt great to have a chance to visit and be recruited by the school I am so in love with and I've been anxious to go to up to this point. I can't see myself anywhere else.”

Lambert talks with UCLA running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu and Angus McClure, who recruits the Valley for the Bruins.

The three-star was also at the UCLA-USC game on Saturday.

“I loved the atmosphere at the UCLA-USC game,” said Lambert. “It felt like I was at home. It was a statement win for them. Many people were thinking that UCLA was out of the equation in terms of the playoff picture but it showed that they are back and will be a big contender at the close of this season.”

Lambert grew up a UCLA fan, his uncle Dion Lambert having played for the Bruins before spending time in the NFL.

“My uncle played at UCLA so I’ve always been a fan of UCLA,” said Lambert. “They have very good academics and a very good football team. I’d love to stay local and be home with my family. Uncle Dion is a big influence and he always talked to me about UCLA when I was younger.”

The Bruins have been watching Lambert closely and could be close to offering and Lambert said UCLA is where he envisions himself.

“UCLA is an amazing school with amazing coaches, players and fans and I can really see myself going there,” said Lambert.

Still, other schools are showing interest in him.

“Cal is showing me a lot of interest and they send me stuff every day,” said Lambert. They probably send me the most stuff and always keep in contact. They’re trying to get me on an unofficial visit. Arizona, Arizona State and Notre Dame are also recruiting me too.”

Lambert said he’d like to play running back, but he’s open to anything in college.

“I think schools see me more like an athlete,” said Lambert. “They don’t have a set position for me to play. I want to play wherever they want me to play.”

Lambert, who will be at the Rose Bowl on Friday for the Bruins’ final home game with Stanford, will turn his attention track, where he’ll run in several events, including their vaunted 4x100 team.

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