November 14, 2010

Junior Jersey LB has four offers

Junior New Jersey linebacker Quanzell Lambert projects as one of the state's top prospects in the Class of 2012 if his offer list is any reliable indicator.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound prospect from Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek had a stellar junior season this year, recording more than 100 tackles as one of the most active defensive players in the state.

Timber Creek's season is over, aside from their Thanksgiving Day game, which is essentially an exhibition contest, and Lambert has positioned himself well for the next year of the recruiting process when things will really heat up.

"We lost in the playoffs yesterday," Lambert said. "In the first quarter the game was really close but our offense just couldn't get it clicking. Their offense got moving because our defense was on the field the majority of the time.

"I think we put our hearts into it (this season) but we could have done better. We had a lot of injuries so we had a lot of people filling in. They did a great job of coming in from the bench and moving over from different positions."

Lambert played inside linebacker just about the entire season and that's where he projects for the college level.

Iowa, Maryland, Rutgers and South Carolina have verbally offered the talented junior and he has already unofficially visited two of those schools.

"I've talked to a few coaches and I've got a few verbal offers still," he said. "I visited Rutgers for their game against North Carolina and I visited South Carolina before they offered me. I went down there with Damiere (Byrd) to look at the campus and everything.

"I loved both atmospheres. The campuses were great and the students welcomed me."

Now that his season is over Lambert is hoping to take a trip to Pittsburgh with teammate Quinton Alston, who is committed to the Panthers. He would also like to make it down to South Carolina again soon.

"I'll probably go on a couple more trips to schools that are close to home so my parents can take me," he said.

Lambert said he improved significantly from his sophomore season this year. He said his pursuit has improved, he is playing more aggressively, and he uses his hands more effectively in shedding blocks.

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