WVU To Sign Kicker/Punter

Joe DeForest, known for his work coaching special teams at Oklahoma State, wasted little time in making an impact in that same area at West Virginia.

WVU will sign Josh Lambert, a 2-star kicker/punter from Garland High School in Garland, Texas, to a full scholarship. Lambert and his kicking coach Chris Sailer confirmed the news to BlueGoldNews.com on Thursday afternoon.

Lambert will sign as a member of the recruiting class of 2012, the majority of which was inked on Wednesday.

DeForest, who mentored three different OSU players who earned Big 12 Special Teams player of the year honors -- including Dallas Cowboys placekicker Dan Bailey -- personally recruited Lambert.

Former Oklahoma State kicker/punter Matt Fodge (another of DeForest's pupils in Stillwater and a Ray Guy Award winner) attended Garland High as well, creating a natural tie for Lambert.

Lambert was invited to walk on at both Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech, he said. If he had earned a starting spot, coaches at both schools promised he would be placed on full scholarship.

The West Virginia offer, however, was a chance to have scholarship status immediately.

Lambert said he intends to sign with WVU as soon as his letter-of-intent papers arrive, which could be later Thursday. DeForest was traveling Thursday, but Lambert said Mountaineer assistant Daron Roberts may be sending the papers instead.

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