Queiro Visits Rutgers for Spring Practice

Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) WR/DB Kyle Queiro unofficially visited Rutgers Saturday for a spring practice. Spending the day with other top players out of North Jersey, Queiro discussed the effect of his latest visit on his recruitment and overall thoughts on Rutgers.

A Saturday visit to Rutgers by Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) WR/DB Kyle Queiro did not change his feelings on the school, but that is not a bad thing, he said.

Visiting Rutgers for the second time since receiving his verbal scholarship offer, the consistency of his contact with the program is starting to stand out, he said.

"I've already been to Rutgers a ton of times, so it was kind of just going over some of the things that I've already experienced with them," Queiro said. "Overall it was just, I don't want to say more of the same because that gives it a bad connotation. It was just more good things from Rutgers."

Queiro spent the entirety of practice with North Jersey incoming freshmen Leonte Carroo, Darius Hamilton and Steve Longa. Though Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) and Bergen Catholic are arch rivals on the field, there is a strong level of respect between the players on each team.

"Those are the guys that I compete against all the time," Queiro said. "Even though they're Don Bosco guys, we get along with each other. It would be cool if we were ever playing together."

With no Bergen Catholic players currently on the Rutgers roster, Carroo is working hardest on recruiting Queiro to join him at Rutgers.

"He doesn't exactly pressure me, but he was just talking good about Rutgers," Queiro said. "All the Don Bocso guys and the Paramus Catholic guys and us are good. We're really competitive."

Rutgers is recruiting Queiro as a safety. Though he stars as a wideout for Bergen Catholic, he expects to take a bigger role at safety during his senior year to prepare for whichever college he chooses.

"I think you could say I have played wide receiver most of my career, but I'm kind of getting the gist of safety," Queiro said. "It's going to get me on the field faster.

"I definitely think I could be a game-changer. I wouldn't have a problem playing special teams because that's where a lot of great players come from, blocking kicks and returning punts. On the defensive side of the ball, I noticed the Rutgers safeties are particularly fast. Since they were running the ball a lot at practice, the safeties have to be ready."

Queiro has no more visits planned, but is expecting plenty of contact from coaches with the spring evaluation period beginning today.

"A lot of schools come by Bergen Catholic every year," he said. "They'll come in and see us and Bosco and everyone in the same day. They'll usually come hopefully when I have track or a football workout, so they can get a look at me."

According to Queiro, the spring evaluation period will be a chance for farther away schools to gain ground in his recruitment based on one-on-one interaction with visiting coaches.

"I wouldn't pick a school just for a coach, but it's an interest for me," Queiro said. "It will be good to get to know some coaches that visit me. It's an opportunity to learn from them and find out how they see me fitting with their teams." Queiro has no leaders, he said, but will begin trimming off schools during the spring evaluation period. Rutgers, he said, will make his cut.

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