Standing alongside 2014 Rutgers commit and teammate Adonis Jennings, Ali said the moment caught him by surprise.
"I loved every minute of it," said Ali, who was recently named a FOXSportsNEXT.com four-star prospect. "Seeing my ex-teammates play and then meeting with the coaching staff and the whole entire staff like the strength coach (Jeremy Cole) and the physical trainer (Dave McCune), everybody was great. Sitting with coach [Kyle] Flood, I loved it."
Lambert (shoulder) left the scrimmage early with an injury but shook hands with Ali on his way off the field. Nash received a prominent role in the 90-minute session and spent time with his Timber Creek teammate after its conclusion.
"It kind of brought tears to my eyes out of joy of seeing them out there," Ali said. "Seeing your old teammates play, not with you, but on the college level at their dream school. They're out there on that level on the field you watch on TV. It's great and I loved every minute of it. I'm going to leave high school soon and have a chance to be where they are right now."
Following his second Rutgers visit of the summer, Ali said the Scarlet Knights and Penn State are his top two.
"I love [Rutgers]," Ali said. "It's definitely one of my top choices. Without a doubt, it's definitely in the top [group]. I love it here."
Ali recently returned from a Penn State visit and now has his sights set on the Timber Creek opener against Camden Catholic. One of the top 2015 prospects in New Jersey, Ali said he has a lot more to accomplish before thinking about a commitment.
"My decision will be after my junior year, definitely no sooner than that," Ali said.