4-star LB talks Rutgers, Recruiting Interests

Timber Creek Regional (Erial, N.J.) four-star middle linebacker Quanzell Lambert is going through the recruiting process, and one of the schools he is most familiar with is Rutgers. Lambert spoke to ScarletReport.com about his recruitment, what he likes about the Scarlet Knights and what schools he wants to visit in the summer.

The summer tour schedule has not yet been scheduled, but four-star linebacker Quanzell Lambert of Timber Creek Regional (Erial, N.J.) knows a few he plans on checking out.

And it will take him across the country.

"Yes, schools like Northwestern, Alabama, Stanford I want to go see," said Lambert, who is Scout.com's No. 7-rated middle linebacker. "There are a lot of good schools recruiting me."

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Lambert doesn't plan on making a decision until after his season, which gives him plenty of time to sort through a bountiful list of offers that includes Rutgers, Alabama, Penn State and South Carolina.

He recently made a trip to Penn State, and also has been on the Rutgers campus numerous times and is building a strong relationship with the Scarlet Knights' staff.

"I know Rutgers is a great school, great tradition, great coaches, great everything," he said. "This is a school that a lot of players can come to and have a great outcome."

Lambert likes the athletic and academic mix at Rutgers, which has more than 20 players on NFL rosters and was tops in the nation when the Academic Progress Report (APR) was released last year.

But where do academics stands in Lambert's dissection of schools?

"It's first-and-foremost out of all this decision-making," he said. "Academics come before football."

On the field, while Lambert said it does not matter if he plays in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense, he wants to play middle linebacker, mostly because of the challenges of the position.

"It's a mental position that I can handle," he said. "Being the captain of the defense, a leader of the defense, and the mental aspect is definitely a good fit for me."

There is also plenty of chatter in recruiting circles that Lambert would prefer to head out of the state for his college career, but he said the location of the school doesn't impact what he will decide.

"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "It's all about what schools can give me."

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