Maury WR KeAndre Lambert (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
KeAndre Lambert bagged an event MVP and an invite to the Opening
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
For KeAndre Lambert (2020 WR 6-1 176), the Nike Opening Regional DC was a validation of his skills and his progress.
He hit the Nike Opening Regional Atlanta last month and posted good combine times. At the DC event, he followed that performance with a skills exhibition that earned him the WR MVP award for the event and an invitation to compete in Oregon this summer at the Nike’s “The Opening”. That’s a nationally televised event where the best football athletes from across the nation compete head to head.
Lambert’s offer list is a who’s who of college football. Earlier this year, he narrowed that list to a Top 11, and more offers have continued to roll in.
“It’s going by pretty fast. I’m taking it one day at a time. I’m taking the process slow because it will only come one time. Soon it will be over,” Lambert said.
His top eleven includes Virginia, Virginia Tech, USC, Clemson, Florida, Duke, Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Penn State. Since then, he’s picked up quite a few more offers, including UNC, East Carolina, Notre Dame, Georgia, Miami, Louisville, Pitt, NC State, Liberty, TCU and most recently, Ohio State.
“I’ve been getting mail from (the Buckeyes) since last year, but no coach had really been in contact with me. It’s a blessing to get an offer from Ohio State,” KeAndre explained.
Maury High School will have an organized college day workout at Powhatan Field on Thursday where college coaches will attend and evaluate the Commodores. More offers could be earned at that event. Lambert hopes to see coaches from Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Penn State and a few others there.
“I’m going to have to sit down and reevaluate my top schools and where I want to go,” he said. “I don’t have any set dates for my official visits, but I want to be committed by October.”
It will be a busy summer for KeAndre, even if his camping days are practically over. He’ll workout this week for college coaches, get plenty of 7-on-7 reps in over the coming months, and he’ll hit Oregon in July for The Opening.
His senior season should be a big one as Maury has their eyes on a state championship that was denied to them by four-time Class 5 state champs Highland Springs.
“We’re going to get a state ring this year. It’s coming through hard work, determination, perseverance… we go through it every summer. We’re ready to grind.”
– Andy Hilton