Wildcats Offer Junior Safety

Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.) receiver/safety Kyle Queiro holds five BCS offers and is hearing from other schools. He spoke to Scout.com about the position each school likes him at, whether he has a preference and what he thinks about the five schools to offer.

As Kyle Queiro gained comfort and experience playing in the secondary at Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.), schools began to notice. After a weekend visit to Boston College, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound safety/receiver holds five offers, and is also hearing from in-state Rutgers. But schools will have plenty of time to get involved since Queiro is not eyeing an early decision.

"Most likely I would not make my decision until a few days before signing day because I want to evaluate every single school and give them all the appropriate consideration," Queiro said. "They took the time to evaluate me and they see me as a player that fits their system, and I want to do the same for them."

Boston College, Northwestern, North Carolina State, Cincinnati and Colorado extended verbal offers, and one of the intriguing aspects of his recruitment is where schools want him to play.

"Northwestern is leaning more toward defensive back, along with Colorado," Queiro said. "I know Cincinnati is definitely looking at me on the offensive side of the ball. I like to play both (sides) so it makes me more marketable. I really don't mind teams seeing me on either side of the ball."

North Carolina State is recruiting Queiro to play in the secondary.

"I've been talking to their coaches for a while now," he said. "They have a young team. They're defensive back core, which is probably what they're looking at me for, is pretty stacked. They had the interception leader (David Amerson) for the NCAA last year. I've been talking to them, but it's more small chat. I have to do research on my own."

The program Queiro knows the most about is Boston College.

"I went there for junior day and that's when they offered me" he said. "I've been there several times. I went there for junior day, I plan to go up there for a practice during spring time and I went there for a camp because our whole team goes. I've seen the facilities, I know their base defense, and pretty much all there is to know about them."

As for Northwestern and Colorado, Queiro needs to get more information.

"I really don't know much about Northwestern, but one of the things that intrigues me about them is they can provide Division I football and an Ivy League education," Queiro said. "Every school has something to offer.

"Colorado, honestly, (Queiro does) not know much. My dad has been talking to them for me."

The change in the coaching staff at Rutgers slowed his recruitment with the Scarlet Knights but he likes the program.

"I went to their junior day (in December) but it was more toward the end when they were practicing," Queiro said. "I don't really know the new coach (Kyle Food) but I am going up to camp in the summer so I will learn more. All I know about (Flood) is he was originally part of the staff and he moved over."

One of the keys in Queiro's recruitment is his future position.

Queiro grew up as a receiver, but played it sparingly in 2011 because his concentration was at safety. Queiro had 10 catches for 145 yards and five touchdowns and made 44 tackles and intercepted four passes.

"When I was a little I played more offense, but now I'm getting accustomed to playing defense so I don't mind it," Queiro said. "As the season wore on, I made some adjustments and things just clicked. I think it was finally getting more comfortable with the position, and tendencies and watching film and our coaches …they are really some of the best in the state."

Another key point is whether Queiro wants to stay home or go away for college.

"To be honest, some days it's like, ‘I want to get out of here,' " Queiro said. "But it's always nice to look into the stands and see your mom or a familiar face. It would be nice to have my family around to be in touch, but at the same time I would like to expand my horizons and be able to go away."


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