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Lampkin helps team win state

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Ted Lampkin first made a name for himself in the recruiting world by running a 4.37 40 time at the Army National Combine in San Antonio in January. The Omaha (Neb.) Central standout receiver hopes another big off-field performance will help his stock even more.
This past Saturday, Lampkin led Central to a Class A boys team title at the Nebraska state track meet and won two individual championships.
"That was huge," he said. "We set our sights and goals on that at the beginning of the year. We went through a lot this season and it felt good to win the whole thing."
The junior won the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 7 ¼ inches and the triple jump with a distance of 48 feet, 2 ¾ inches. He also anchored Central's state champion 400-meter relay team and took a silver medal in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.8 seconds.
"I think it'll definitely help me," the receiver prospect said. "I feel faster and stronger. Track is something I plan to do in college, too. I want to play both sports."
Lampkin holds offers from Iowa State and Kansas State, but two more schools are stepping up their interest and could offer soon.
"I've been talking a lot to Stanford," he said. "I'm going out there in June. Also, Kansas came to by my school last week so I've been talking to them."
Stanford's academic prestige is the biggest reason why Lampkin in planning to make a visit out to Palo Alto, Calif., next month.
"It's a great school for an education, and everyone knows that," he said. "I want to make sure when I graduate I'll have a great degree when I get done.
"Football ends, but nobody can take my education away from me. And their football team is all right."
Another big reason for his interest in the Cardinal is his solid relationship with offensive line coach Tim Drevno.
"He's a great guy. I really like him," Lampkin said. "He's easy to talk to, and he's very passionate about his job."
Kansas assistant Buddy Wyatt came to Omaha to visit Lampkin recently, and the Jayhawks defensive line coach invited him to attend KU's summer camp. KU has told Lampkin they want him to also consider playing corner, and that's fine by him.
"I wouldn't mind playing it," he said. "Whatever college I go to, I'll play what they want me to play."
Lampkin was vague when asked about his interest in Nebraska. The Cornhuskers haven't shown much interest in the 5-foot-7 wide out thus far, and he's not sure if he's going to camp in Lincoln this summer.
"I haven't really communicated with them a whole lot," he said. "I think…I'm not really sure about them."
Lampkin said he's not surprised Husker coaches aren't interested in him, but declined to elaborate on why he feels that way.
One school Lampkin definitely wants to hear more from is Iowa.
"It's a great team. Every year they get better and better," he said. "Their coaches definitely have them on the right track, and I know Shaun Prater, he went to Central and said he really enjoys it there."
Lampkin is aiming for a late summer decision and said he's sit down and consider his options after visiting Stanford and several summer camps.
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