Timber Creek (Erial, N.J.) head coach Rob Hinson said he sees more of a Rutgers presence in South Jersey now than a few years ago and that he is happy to have his star defender staying in-state.
"Our relationship is pretty good," said Hinson, who has three 2013 prospects offered by Rutgers. "Probably a while back, I would say probably it wouldn't say that the relationship is great. When you have a program like Rutgers that's in the state, it should be their goal and the coaches in a state to have a great relationship together. Rutgers and Timber Creek really seem to be heading in that direction."
On the field, Lambert fits the Rutgers mold well, Hinson said, and can have an immediate impact.
"I think they're getting the best inside linebacker in the country," Hinson. "He has the size. He's very athletic. He's fast, quick, smart. He's a student of the game. He can be the face of the program. He's probably one of the top kids coming in.
"He has the opportunity to play. Rutgers needs a middle linebacker and Quanzell is ready to play college ball. It's a great fit."
Off the field, Hinson said, Rutgers becomes even more appealing.
"Being close to home is big," Hinson said. "He and his father have a very, very special relationship. It gets very expensive to travel across the country and his dad works about 60 hours a week, so he can't really take time off. For his dad to be able to see him play and come back home, means a lot to him. The relationship that they have is very special and his whole family will now see him play. I think that played a big role in this."
For Rutgers and Timber Creek, the relationship does not stop with Lambert.
"We'll probably start bringing the guys up to a lot more Rutgers games, especially if he's playing as a freshman," Hinson said. "It will be great for the guys to get a chance to see a teammate playing college ball in person."
Rutgers assistant coach Phil Galiano, who recruited Lambert for more than two years, gets credit for the improved relationship between Timber Creek and Rutgers, Hinson said.
"Our relationship goes back probably seven or eight years, before he left to go to Florida International," he said. "He and I are pretty cool. He's a great recruiter, a great coach and a pretty good mentor for the kids, who look up to him. I'm happy to have the opportunity to have a relationship with him."