Quanzell Lambert is seasoned in the recruiting process. The Class of 2012 linebacker is playing his cards close to the vest. He knows he's holding a full house.
One of the best in the country at his position, Lambert doesn't need to rush. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound man-child can keep his thoughts to himself. Schools will wait.
Scout.com's No. 9-ranked middle linebacker also could play outside or end at the next level. Oh yeah, he hopes to study mechanical engineering in college.
Firmly entrenched with the big name schools is Iowa.
"(The Hawkeyes) stand pretty high with me," Lambert said. "Coach (Darrell) Wilson is my recruiter and I like him a lot. Iowa is a great program."
The Hawkeyes plucked a talented linebacker off of Lambert's Timber Creek Regional High team a year ago. Quinton Alston signed with Iowa after verbally committing to Pittsburgh. A few coaching changes with the Panthers pushed him to the Midwest.
"Me and Quinton are tight," Lambert said. "He's my big brother. Our relationship will not have a big factor in my decision, though."
Lambert said that the Hawkeye coaches have told him that they like his athleticism for a player of his size.
"I think my strengths are that I'm mature and have high character," Lambert said. "I'm also always looking to improve on everything."
As I said earlier, Lambert is not making a lot of information about his recruitment and his top schools public. However, he does know one school that will receive one of his five official visits allowed by NCAA rules.
"Yeah, i will definitely officially visit Iowa," he said.
Lambert said he likely will make his college choice during his senior season this fall.