By Keith McGonigle.
TheClemsonInsider.com continues the series of Coaches Corners as we let you hear about the top prospects directly from their coach. Head C0ach Jody Grooms of Wayne County (GA) says that there are not too many quarterbacks better than Greyson Lambert.
How long have you been coaching/who is the best player(s) you have ever seen?
Coach Grooms: I’ve been coaching for about 18 years. I coached DeJuan Poke, who went to Clemson, from Anson County, also Tre Jackson who signed with Florida State. I have been blessed to coach a few good one.
Coach Grooms: 6’5” 200 lbs. His 40-time Depends on who you talk to I have him at 5.04-5.05. He has said he has run a 4.98. He is working to be under 5.0 consistently.
What are Greyson’s strengths?
Coach Grooms: He is tall at 6’5” and very intelligent. He has very good pocket presence and can make any throw at any given moment.
What does he need to continue to improve on?
Coach Grooms: Like all kids working to get stronger and faster, working to put on good weight. Last year during the offseason he probably gained about 20-25 lbs. This year he hopes to get up to 220. He is at about 200 right now. So he is working on putting on good weight and also studying and getting stronger mentally.
What play/game or game did he make that made you realize he could be a division 1 player?
Coach Grooms: Last year was my first year at Wayne Country. A week after taking the job we went and threw the football for the first time. After I saw him throw the first ball I knew right then. The ball just comes out different. I coached Kyle Parkers little brother and say Kyle throw, it just comes out different for those guys.
What type of person is he off the field?
Coach Grooms: He is a hardworking, quiet, humble kid. He is probably the most low-maintenance kid I’ve ever worked with. He just wants to get better.
What positions does he play for you?
Coach Grooms: Well he could play plenty of positions. But he is a quarterback. He is one of those kids. Everything about him makes him a quarterback.
How do you project him at the college level?
Coach Grooms: It depends on the needs of the team. He would definitely accept a role of red-shirting if there was an established starter. But he just wants to come in and help and compete. He would have no problem playing early or red-shirting, he just has to find the best school for him.
How many offers does he have?
Coach Grooms: He has four solid verbal offers from Alabama, Clemson, NC State, and Georgia. The early offers from Alabama and Georgia kind of hurt him, everyone thought he would commit early there. He is a kid that could play QB anywhere he wants. If a school is signing kids better than him, than they are going to be winning national championships.
Which teams/coaches are recruiting him the hardest right now?
Coach Grooms: They are only able to contact him right now through e-mail really, but he has said that Georgia and Clemson are talking to him a lot. Also, NC State has a new guy recruiting him.
What school/offense do you see him fitting in best?
Coach Grooms: I don’t know. You hear so much about pro-style offense. But Sam Bradford did alright in his system. Where ever he goes he’s going to want to mix it up a bit, probably a balanced pass-run offense with some spread and play action, a little bit of everything.
What are Clemson’s chances of getting him?
Coach Grooms: Clemson has a very good shot. Coach Morrison’s has spoken with him a few times. There is a lot of intrigue of what is going on up there. They just got a good class and hopefully they can keep the momentum going. He will probably make a decision before the season starts. This spring will be important.
Who is another player that you would compare him to?
Coach Grooms: When I see him, and his body size I think of Peyton Manning. His arm is just phenomenal it’s just incredible to watch him throw the football. He is going to be an Elite 11 type kid. Anywhere he goes he stands out. He went to an Alabama camp and got offered before really even starting a varsity game.