Syracuse scored one of the sneaky good pickups of this 2021 recruiting cycle at quarterback on Friday in El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge passer Justin Lamson.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Lamson plays the game with a similar style and moxie to that of another West Coast product in Eric Dungey who had such a great career in an Orange uniform.
“Justin’s got a strong arm, he is a leader and a competitor and I think he’s one of those quarterbacks that’s going to get the most out of his teammates,” QB Colletive coach Will Hewlett said. He’s been working with Lamson since he was 10-years old.
“One of the things that’s always stood out about him was his ability to make plays not only at the quarterback position but just as a football player. This kid is a pure football player. One of the most aggressive and tough players I’ve been around.”
“I use fierce as a word, I think that’s pretty accurate describing him,” Hewlett continued. “He’s not going to be the fastest but he has a way where he just finds a way to make plays. He works his butt off, he’s one of those kids that’s always going to grind and do the extra work and I think he has a lot of upside left in him.”
As a junior in his first year as the starter Lamson completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,114 yards and 24 touchdowns to just eight interceptions in leading his team to a Section Championship. He added another 462 yards rushing and five scores. He had just one game last fall where his completion percentage dipped under 50 percent, putting up consistent numbers in each contest. As a sophomore Lamson had 69 tackles and two interceptions starting at safety. A lunchpail guy that does what he can to help his squad.
Lamson chose his next squad over the likes of Louisville and Boise State.
“He felt like he had a really strong relationship with the coaching staff,” Hewlett said. “And then he did his research. I connected him with one of their previous quarterbacks Clayton Welch, another Northern California kid and they talked in depth about the program. I think offensively they’re a good fit for him.
“He’s one of those kids that really wanted this. He wanted to be a college quarterback and he worked really hard and I’m really excited for him since I’ve known him so long and it’s a big deal for him.”
Lamson is tabbed by the Top247 as the nation’s No. 18 dual-threat passer. He becomes commit No. 14 for head coach Dino Babers and his staff in the 2021 class.