Will 4-star MLB Lambert Visit Rutgers?

MOORESTOWN, N.J. -- Timber Creek Regional High (Erial, N.J.) four-star middle linebacker has his five official visits set. The biggest question is whether the 6-foot-2, 235-pounder will visit Rutgers, and he talked about whether that will happen after Friday's 30-19 win against Moorestown High.

MOORESTOWN, N.J. – Although Quanzell Lambert has his five visits scheduled, and despite Rutgers not being one of them, the four-star Timber Creek Regional (Erial, N.J.) middle linebacker remains highly interested in the Scarlet Knights.

Following Timber Creek's 30-19 win against Moorestown High on Friday, Lambert said his familiarity and proximity to Rutgers means he will not take an official visit there.

"I went to Rutgers a lot of times, and I've seen the whole (program)," Lambert said. "I love the coaches there, so no disrespect (about not taking an official) or anything. It's a close school, and I know they love me, so I can always go there and day and time."

Lambert has official visits set to Northwestern (Oct. 8), Iowa (Oct. 15), Nebraska (Oct. 29), Alabama (Dec. 9) and Oklahoma, which he wasn't sure on the date.

It means there is no room for an official to Rutgers, but Lambert plans on making a trip or two there and spending plenty of time with the coaching staff and players.

"I can honestly say there's going to be six officials," Lambert said. "I'm going to go down there on an unofficial and keep talking to the coaches and get to know them more."

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Lambert is uncertain of a decision time frame, but he didn't rule out making an announcement at the Jan. 3, 2012, Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix.

"Definitely after the season," he said. "It depends how fast everything goes and how I feel. It will be after all my official visits, so it could be set. It might even be before the (bowl game)."

The schedule Lambert set up for his visits will be taxing because it is set within the framework of the season.

"I definitely wish I could take (the visits) after the season because I want to focus on high school football right now because this is where it all starts," he said. "I can't go to college without playing high school football.

"It's a process, and I'm blessed to have it. During the season, I'm definitely (setting up the visits) so I won't miss any practices. So, it works out on both parts."

As for the season, the win against Moorestown moved Timber Creek to a 3-0. Lambert made eight tackles, forced a fumble and recovered it.

"It definitely wasn't my game," he said. "I just played my part and we went out there and won as a team."

Timber Creek needed to rebound from a rocky start in which Moorestown returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, then recovered an onside kick on the next play. But Timber Creek rallied for the win against one of New Jersey's top 25 teams, which added to the post-game excitement.

"It wasn't too big of a rival, but it was definitely a game we wanted to win," Lambert said. "Coming out against a ranked team, we came out pretty pumped."

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