Quaglieri Excelling as a Leader

2011 defensive tackle Joe Quaglieri is coming off a great junior season.

Class of 2011 defensive tackle Joe Quaglieri had a great junior season for East Brunswick (N.J.), and is looking forward to his senior campaign.

“Last year I had a pretty good season. We won the state championship, the Group IV state championship for New Jersey. I ended up with 55 tackles and a sack, and I played on both sides of the ball,” said Quaglieri. “This year my coaches gave me the role of captain, so I'm hoping to have another solid playoff team.”

It is no surprise that the coaches bestowed the title of captain upon Quaglieri, given his penchant for being a leader.

“I'm a dedicated player who's always willing to get out there and play,” said the East Brunswick native. “I'm more of a leader. I try to lead by example on the field and off the field.”

Quaglieri has also impressed his coaches with his great skill set and physical prowess.

“Coaches always say that they're really impressed with my strength. I bench like 405,” said Quaglieri. “They say I have a good motor on the field. They say I'm quick off the ball.”

Quaglieri, however, is quick to admit that he needs to improve going forward.

“My biggest disadvantage is my size. Right now I'm about 6'1”, 265,” said the lineman. “They want me to get a little bit bigger, but the only thing I can really work on is my speed and getting off the ball.”

Even though he is undersized, his combination of strength and quickness has drawn the attention of several college football programs.

“Recently I've been talking to a lot of the Ivy League schools, especially UPenn, Princeton, and Columbia,” Quaglieri said. “But Division I-wise, I've been hearing from Rutgers, Notre Dame, Louisville, NC State, Temple, and Virginia, but that's mostly like mail and camp invites, and just saying we're interested. I haven't really talked to the Division I's directly.”

He has also heard from Maryland in the form of camp invites, but has yet to get in direct contact with the Terps.

“But I know they're a great program, and I'd love to hear from them,” said Quaglieri. “It's close to home and it's a great school.”

The defensive lineman is attending camps at several schools this summer including Rutgers, Villanova, and Princeton. He is also hoping to attend Maryland's camp.

In looking at schools, Quaglieri has expectations that go beyond football.

“Academics are just as important to me,” he said. “So that school that puts academics right up there with football and athletics is definitely the school for me. Also I like the schools with more of a family and home atmosphere.”

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