Commitment of Lambert just another coup for UVA's London

After landing defensive end Eli Harold from Ocean Lakes High in Virginia Beach and running back Kye Morgan from Franklin High in Somerset, N.J., Mike London ended last week by receiving a commitment from quarterback Greyson Lambert, one of the best signal-callers in the Class of 2012.

The 6-5, 195-pounder from Wayne County High in Jesup, Ga., chose Virginia over SEC powers Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi State, as well as fellow ACC programs Miami, Clemson, North Carolina State and Boston College. Purdue was also one of his stronger suitors.

The pledge of Lambert is another coup for London, who enters his second season in Charlottesville coming off a 2011 class that was arguably stronger than Frank Beamer’s at Virginia Tech.

Lambert, who joins Matt Johns from Central Bucks South High in Warrington, Pa., as the second quarterback from the 2012 class to commit to Virginia, has been given a wide array of grades by the major recruiting services but is considered among the nation’s top 40 quarterback prospects in the nation. This past offseason, he cracked the initial Top 10 of the NFP’s debut Class of 2012 QB Rankings, which will be updated before the beginning of the season.

After starting the last seven games of his sophomore season when he beat out Wayne County’s senior starter — who is walking on at Georgia this fall — Lambert threw for 1,991 yards and 20 touchdowns against 12 interceptions in 2010. He also rushed for two scores. He has ideal size to scan the field and real good field vision, but his arm is his biggest strength. He is a prototypical drop-back passer, but he needs to continue to work on his footwork and mobility.

The commitment is especially exciting for Cavalier fans because Alabama was hot on the trail for Lambert’s services.

"Virginia and Alabama, those were my two favorite schools," Lambert told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I just felt like the whole situation at Virginia is better for me. It was really tough to pick between those two. I was born in Alabama, and I have family still there. But I was just blown away by everything Virginia had to offer. It's kind of weird saying that, when you're talking about a school like Alabama right there. I don't know, I just had a different feeling about Virginia...it was just a better fit for me."

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