Quanzell Lambert is choosing a college from a top-flight group of football programs. The highly-ranked class of 2012 linebacker said decision will be made based on something other than athleticsl, however.
"It's definitely going to come down to academics," the 6-foot-2, 245-pound tackling machine said. "Everybody I'm visiting have great programs. The academics will separate them."
Lambert plans to study mechanical engineering in college. graduateshotline.com ranks the top undergraduate programs in that field.
"I'll make my decision by the end of December," the Timber Creek Regional (Erial, NJ) Senior said.
Lambert said that he has slowed down recruiting this month. His team has a 9-0 record and has advanced to the second-round of the playoffs.
"Everybody is pretty even right now," Lambert said of his finalists. "They all have really good coaches and programs. The academics are real good."
Lambert visited Iowa on Oct. 15 for the Northwestern game. He spent time with his former Timber Creek teammate, Quinton Alston, a freshman linebacker at Iowa and a good friend.
"It was a great experience," Lambert said. "(Alston) was real straight forward with me. He was able to show me around and tell me what things were like out there. It was great meeting his teammates and the coaches again.
"It's nice getting a perspective from someone you know about a school."
Scout.com rates Lambert as the 12th best middle linebacker nationally in his class. The service tabs him as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale.