18 in 18: MLB Quanzell Lambert

Timber Creek (Erial, N.J.) middle linebacker Quanzell Lambert was one of the most frequent spring visitors to Rutgers this year and projects to see early playing time with depth concerns at his position. Committing to Rutgers in mid-January, Lambert spoke with ScarletReport.com as a part of the "18 in 18" series about his preparations for a June enrollment.

Quickly nicknamed "Quanzilla" after his commitment to Rutgers, middle linebacker Quanzell Lambert out of Timber Creek (Erial, N.J.) is ready to enroll in Piscataway.

Lambert signed with Rutgers because of the atmosphere around the program and the opportunity to pursue an engineering career in attrition to his activities on the football field. He begins both goals June 24 when he arrives on campus for classes and offseason workouts.

"I can't wait for it," Lambert said. "I've been with the guys and talking to them all on the phone, we've been forging good relationships. We're all ready to go out there practice together and go play ball together."

Lambert is one of a few incoming freshmen that projects for early playing time. With no true middle linebacker behind Steve Beauharnais, Lambert was an important signing for Rutgers.

Running track to stay in shape, Lambert hopes to make an impact when he arrives on campus.

"I want a chance to play, but most importantly for me when I get there is just getting a feel for everything and doing what needs to be done," he said. "It's going to be hard work, but I think I'm ready for it.

"I don't want to put expectations on myself or promise anything. I'm just going to go out there, contribute and help Rutgers win games. My goal is to help the team win."

Lambert was a frequent spring visitor and already feels comfortable at Rutgers, he said. But to officially join the program will mean a lot because of the family atmosphere and the comfort it generates.

"The people are great, but they're even better when you're committed there," Lambert said. "You're a part of their family. They're helping me learn the plays, doing everything they can to help me.

"It's going to be an honor to play with a lot of these guys. Meeting with them and putting this class together is one thing, but we're going to go out and play Jersey ball."

Lambert used the spring to familiarize himself with linebackers coach Dave Cohen, who was one of many hires by coach Kyle Flood in the offseason.

"He's a great guy," Lambert said. "He knows what he's talking about. That's the main thing. He's going to put us in a position to win."

While visiting for multiple practices, Lambert traveled with friends and 2013 top defensive prospects Myles Nash, Dajaun Drennon and Buddy Brown. Though not aggressive about it, Lambert is actively recruiting many South Jersey recruits.

"I tell them a lot of things about [why I committed to Rutgers]," he said. "The main thing is I liked the family atmosphere. There are great guys and great players there, but we could use some more to commit here. We need the best players in New Jersey at Rutgers, that's another thing."

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