During his freshman season, Maury (Va.) 2020 athlete Keandre Lambert tried playing on both sides of the ball. He played wide receiver on offense and in the secondary on defense.
In the second game of that season, Lambert (6-2, 180) broke his collarbone. The injury limited his reach, which hurt his ability as a receiver. He played cornerback and free safety when he returned later that season, as well as last season, but offense kept calling.
Now, Lambert has six offers, from Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Hampton and Norfolk State. Each school likes Lambert as a receiver. But while he might have finally found the position he’s most comfortable with, he still needs time to get that same feeling with a college program.
“I just want a good environment, great teachers,” Lambert said. “I want to see if it excels in my major, nuclear engineering. I want to see who’s coming in my class, the coaches, the recent history of the program. I want see if they’re coming off a championship, making it to bowl games, and stuff like that.”
This past weekend, Lambert made a return trip to Virginia Tech, which resulted in an offer. He’d previously seen the Hokies in person last fall, for their game against Clemson. But this trip was a bit more intimate.
“I think it was a pretty good experience,” Lambert said. “I got to see the indoor facility, go around campus and see the locker room. Basically, it was the main things an athlete would see. It was good energy, and the coaches made me feel welcome. It was good food, too. It was turkey, mac and cheese, greens, beans, rolls and different types of stuff.”
Lambert said the trip gave him an opportunity to catch up with his primary recruiter, assistant coach Zohn Burden. It only added to their already strong bond.
“I mean, it’s a real close relationship,” Lambert said. “It’s closer than I would think. When I talk with him, I’m not nervous. I just feel like we have a connection. There’s no reason for me to be nervous. I can speak my mind, say what I want to say. And he keeps it real with me. He told me that from the start.”
Overall, Lambert said he has a good feel for Virginia Tech.
“I think it’s a good program,” he said. “I think I would fit in there, sports wise, and just around the campus. It’s a good environment.”
Nearly three weekends ago, Lambert visited Clemson. His trip to the Palmetto state was another eye opening...
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