Just two years ago, Notre Dame and Florida State were battling it out for a Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure athlete who had yet to make up his mind prior to Signing Day. Running back Lorenzo Booker ended up signing with the Noles but the Irish got some payback in landing defensive back Terrail Lambert.
Lambert, 5-11, 185 pounds is one of the more versatile players in the West. He plays linebacker in high school because of his ability to hit and rush the passer but projects as either a cornerback or safety at the next level. At the Nike Combine in Los Angeles last summer, Lambert clocked a 4.35 in the 40 and has explosive speed and athleticism.
The fact that he has yet to play the corner position could cause some growing pains for the athlete but he’s such a hard working kid with a lot of natural talent, so if anyone can adapt quickly to the position, it’s Lambert.
“It was a tough decision for me because both schools recruited me so hard,” Lambert said. “The two are very different in a lot of ways but in the end, I just felt more comfortable at Notre Dame. You can’t beat the education and that was one of the most important factors for me. My parents really liked Notre Dame too and I got along very well with their entire coaching staff.
“Florida State was tough to turn down because their coaches have been so great with me and Lorenzo (Booker) was working on me pretty hard too. From a football standpoint, I don’t know if you can beat FSU but for me, I just wanted to go somewhere that I felt comfortable with my surroundings and that was Notre Dame. Plus it’s not like Notre Dame is a big time football program. I mean when you talk about tradition, no one can top but what they have done and I’m just hoping to add to that.”