Does Lambert Want to Stay Home?

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Timber Creek Regional (Erial, N.J.) had a couple of high-profile members of the 2011 class leave the state, and another high-profile player in the 2012 class has offers from many schools, including Rutgers. But, is it a foregone conclusion Quanzell Lambert will also be leaving the Garden State to play his college ball? He gave that answer.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Timber Creek Regional (Erial, N.J.) is producing plenty of talent these days, and for the second straight year a linebacker is garnering heavy interest.

Last year Iowa signee Quinton Alston brought in two dozen offers, and now Quanzell Lambert is the spotlight.

The 6-fot-2, 230-pound Lambert holds nearly 20 offers, but unlike Alston, one of them is from the state school. Rutgers offered Lambert in the summer, and remain in contention for him.

"I love the campus," Lambert said. "It's right around the corner and my family could have a great time and watch me. The coaching staff is great. The academics are terrific. They set everything up for you, and I like that."

Lambert visited Rutgers' campus several times, including make the trek from south Jersey for Junior Day in January.

He has also been to Penn State and Maryland, and will begin making trips a number of other campuses in the spring.

"I'm going to try and go to Northwestern, UConn, Virginia, West Virginia," Lambert said. "I would love to try and get to Stanford, too."

Not only does Lambert have Alston to lean on when it comes to recruiting tips, but South Carolina signee Damiere Byrd was also heavily recruited in the 2011 class.

However, since Alston and Lambert are part of the same unit, they spend plenty of time together.

"(Alston) tells me to take my time because it's definitely going to be a hard process to determine where you're going to be at the next four or five years after high school," Lambert said. "He said to definitely take my time with this and make the right choice. A lot of schools are trying not to overwhelm me. I'm taking it slow."

Lambert was already known on the recruiting scene before a terrific junior season in which he made 115 tackles, including 84 solo, had eight sacks, an interception, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles.

While Rutgers is trying to keep him in-state, other programs are selling the idea of the new experience of playing away from home. But location is not how Lambert will make a decision.

"It's definitely not in-state or out-of-state," he said. "I'm just trying to look for the right school for me."

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