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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
UGA makes good on promise to juco DL

By Kipp Adams

In January 2012, as DaVonte Lambert (Waynesboro, Ga./Georgia Military College) walked back from Sanford Stadium toward the Butts-Mehre Building, the high school senior pondered what life would be like if he had the opportunity to sign with the University of Georgia.

Although Lambert was not going to qualify to attend college at the FBS level, Georgia coach Mark Richt had a message for the talented defensive end, who had just broken the Burke County (Ga.) High School single-season sack record while helping the team win the 2012 AAA state championship:

“We will be back for you.”

Now 20 pounds heavier, last week Lambert was back at Burke County, working out in the high school gym, when a familiar face popped in. It was his former high school football coach Eric Parker. He insisted that Lambert call Georgia inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti, who recruits his area.

“When I spoke to him he said they were offering me again,” Lambert said. “Then I talked to Coach [Chris] Wilson the defensive line coach and he said he liked my film and how I played. He really wants me to play for him.”

Just as they said a year ago, the Bulldogs once again let the 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman know he was wanted in Athens.

“It means a lot to have another chance to play for Georgia,” Lambert said. “They have been on me since I was in high school so they really have a chance. I really like Georgia and it helps them a lot to know that they stuck with me in high school and never gave up on wanting me.”

Lambert has offers from Mississippi State and West Virginia, and could arrive with many more when he visits Georgia this summer.

“I really think Florida State is going to offer next because they are telling my coaches they really like me,” Lambert said. “I am looking forward to possibly having a chance to play there. Nebraska and Miami are showing a lot of interest too.”

One SEC program previously stood out to the juco prospect, who plans to graduate in December with three years to play two.

“When I was in high school I really liked LSU and I still like them,” Lambert said. “That would be big if they offered.”

A decision is likely to come this fall during the season for Lambert, whose has a relative that will likely soon give Burke County an NFL alumnus to its credit.

Cornelius Washington is my cousin and he is a monster,” Lambert said. “He has a nice motor. I talk to his younger brother who is still in high school about things.”