Penn State swoops in to land another top Virginia prospect in KeAndre Lambert
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
KeAndre Lambert was a prospect that many thought would stay in-state.
As the nephew of Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech seemed to have the inside track on Lambert, but ultimately that was not to be.
In front of the student body at Maury High School, roughly 2000 strong, Lambert announced his choice of Penn State as his college destination.
There was a little bit of trickery involved, but there was no hat switching this time.
Lambert had his family position themselves at center court in the Maury gymnasium as Maury head football coach Dyrri McCain directed the student body to pick KeAndre’s destination as UNC, Georgia or Clemson. After a countdown, Lambert entered the gym to reveal Penn State as the choice.
“It feels good. I’m finally committed. Letting it be known publicly… I don’t have anything to hide any more. I don’t have any secrets,” said Lambert. “(Penn State) has a great coach and a great coaching staff. I have a great relationship with all of them.”
“When I went there on my official, it just felt like home.”
McCain explained that Chancellor was an excellent support for KeAndre while letting the decision remain with Lambert.
“Kam does a good job of letting KeAndre be KeAndre. I know they have conversations, but as far as college decisions or life period, he lets Dre be Dre,” Coach McCain said.
“(KeAndre) does everything the right way. He works hard. He has earned the position that he’s in right now, for sure. What people don’t realize about him is that they’ll look at what he can do on the field: his catches, his punt returns, but the way he is as a student in the classroom, it just speaks volumes for his character. The kid is phenomenal. He’s going to do great things,” said the coach.
Virginia Tech fans are obviously disappointed in the news, but in Happy Valley, the mood is… well… happy, as expected.
For Penn States recruiting class of 2020, Lambert becomes the 27th commitment, which will have to shake out with qualifiers and so forth. Lambert is the fifth wide receiver commit for the Nittany Lions. 247 columnist Steve Wiltfong called Lambert’s commitment the finishing touch on Penn State’s “excellent” receiver class.
Last week, Penn State gained a verbal commitment from Episcopal (Alexandria) defensive back Elijah Gaines. Lambert is the third Virginian in the 2020 recruiting class for Penn State, following Gaines and Atlee (Richmond) quarterback/punter Tyler Warren.
In 2019, Penn State landed three signees including North Stafford running back Devyn Ford, Louisa County linebacker Brandon Smith, and Manchester lineman Hakeem Beamon.
– Andy Hilton