One of the nation's top linebacker prospects, Jack Lamb, has cut his list to five schools and could make his decision late this summer. Lamb sent out the following statement thanking all the schools for recruiting him and explaining why he chose to cut his list to five at this time.
"These past 6 months have been a dream come true for me and my family," Lamb said. "I have dreamed about playing college football since I was seven years old and now it’s all about to come true. I have been blessed to have been offered many scholarships to play football at the the D1 level, but reality is, I can only pick one.
"In an effort to help me stay focused in school, with family and friends, my team and ultimately making the best choice, I have decided to narrow my focus to just five schools. I want to thank all of the schools and amazing coaches that have been part of my recruitment and I am truly grateful for every opportunity that has been presented to me.
"I have been blessed to have met so many amazing people in the sport that I love so much. With that being said, I have decided to focus my recruitment on the following five schools: Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, UCLA and Washington.
"I am looking forward to spending the upcoming weeks focusing on these schools and trying to find the best fit for me and my family. Again, I want to sincerely thank all of the schools who have been so generous with their time and believed enough in my talent and character to extend scholarships to me."
Lamb broke down what he likes about each school and why they made the cut:
Notre Dame- "That's the one school I haven't visited yet but I'm planning to visit in June. I have a good feeling about the school and the coaches have been really consistent in recruiting me. They have a great program, sell out every game and have been a consistent winner so I'm excited for the visit."
Oregon- "I had a great visit there and I like the staff a lot. I really like coach (Jim) Leavitt (DC) a lot. He's a former NFL coach and did great things when he was at Colorado turning that defense around and I think he will do the same at Oregon. I think he'll have a big impact there."
Penn State- "They have an elite football program and Coach (James) Franklin has done a great job there. They're called Linebacker U (University) for a reason and I obviously have some history with the program with my parents both graduating from there. That won't play a big role in my decision but it would be kind of cool to go to the same school and create some new history there."
UCLA- "I like the coaching staff a lot and I'm close with Tom Bradley (DC) and Scott White (LB Coach). They're really smart people and good coaches and they feature the linebackers in their defense. They do a great job getting the 'backers to the League (NFL) and it would be fun to be featured in their defense. I like the academics a lot too. Location isn't a big factor for me but that would be kind of an added bonus as well."
Washington- "I love that coaching staff as well and Coach (Chris) Petersen (head coach) is really building something. I like their 'Our King of Guy' program and how they're about not just building great football players but great people and men. They're all about setting you up for life after football so if things don't work out and you can't play in the NFL, you'll still be set up very well."
As for a timeframe for a decision.
"I would like to be able to do it late in the summer," Lamb said. "That way I could just focus on football and school and not worry about recruiting. If one school hasn't separated themselves from the rest of the pack, I'll take my visits in the fall. Hopefully after my last visits, I'll be able to sit down with my family and one school will jump out for me and then I'll be able to make a decision."
Lamb is a tremendous talent who really exploded this off-season. He is that rare linebacker who could line up inside or outside, and has the ability to rush the passer, play in space and drop in coverage. He will never have to leave the field and is easily among the most versatile 'backers in the country.