Cedar Hill (Tx) defensive end Deven Lamp is an untapped talent that is beginning to make the rounds around the recruiting scene and the Vanderbilt Commodores have taken notice.
Lamp is currently committed to Iowa State and has remained pledged to the Cyclones since June of last year. Vanderbilt began to take notice when they went to see Cedar Hill teammate and current Commodore Dimitri Moore. When the Vanderbilt staff came to evaluate Moore, they noticed Lamp and he jumped out as a player with big potential and someone who is just now coming into his body.
Vanderbilt has yet to offer Lamp but he is waiting on one and has quite a bit of interest in the Commodores.
"The first time I met Coach Marve, he immediately got me excited about him and the program. He was there to see Dimitri but came to see me and said that he really liked what he saw and planned to tell the rest of the staff about me. I really hope they decide to offer me because I am interested, " said Lamp.
The 3-star prospect fits the style of play the Commodores compete with. Lamp has the size and athleticism to play either defensive end of outside linebacker in the Dores 3-4 scheme.
His length and speed is what attracts the Commodores to Lamp but he admits he still has some growing to do and talents to reconstruct.
"I consider myself a hard worker and someone that always wants to get better," he said. "I know I am still growing as a person and I know I am nowhere close to the potential I have. I have no problem working for what I want and I hope college coaches can see that."
Lamp is remaining committed to Iowa State at this time but is viewing his options. Along with Vanderbilt, he is also considering SMU, Baylor and a few other schools that are beginning to take interest as well.
As of right now, Lamp doesn't have any official visits scheduled but is hoping to attain one from Vanderbilt and visit Nashville before he makes his final decision on National Signing Day.
"I have talked briefly with Vanderbilt and we haven't set up anything as of yet but I am hoping to officially visit them before I make a final choice," Lamp said. "I am hopeful something can get worked out because I already know someone there and they are in the SEC and that's big time football. Vanderbilt is a high quality school and you couldn't go wrong choosing them."
The Commodores are looking to sign one or two more defensive line/outside linebacker prospects in the 2017 class and Lamp is positioning himself as a strong possibility for one of those spots.