Rutgers Eyeing 2012 Jersey MLB

Rutgers is looking hard a bundle of 2012 recruits, and one is from a program with plenty of talent. Middle linebacker Quanzell Lamber of Timber Creek Regional (Erial, N.J.) is getting plenty of early interest from the Scarlet Knights, and he spoke to about whether or not he is close to getting a verbal offer.

One of the schools producing plenty of Division I talent lately is Timber Creek Regional (Erial, N.J.), and middle linebacker Quanzell Lambert of the 2012 class appears to be the next in line.

He is already hearing from plenty of schools, including Rutgers, and is getting to pick the brains of a pair of high-level recruits from the 2011 class in linebacker Quinton Aston and receiver Damiere Byrd.

"They're telling me different things to look for, and I see how they handle things," Lambert said. "I see what they are going through."

Lambert, who is 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, is hearing the most from Rutgers, South Carolina, Maryland and Temple, and he visited each of the schools, sans Temple, this offseason.

At Rutgers, he took part in the Schiano Shootout 7-on-7 and got a look at the football facilities. He is dealing mostly with his recruiting coach, Phil Galiano, and knows a few things about the Scarlet Knights.

"They always have a good program," he said. "They've got good players. They've got a good conference. They play against some pretty good schools. Coach Galiano tells me their program is on the move, and they're making a lot of progress."

His trip to Maryland was also informative.

"I learned a lot about the linebacker skills needed for college, and I like their staff," Lambert said. "They motivate you, they help their players and I like the way they run their program with school and football."

South Carolina is also a program Lambert wants to find out more about, but he liked what he hears from the coaching staff.

"They're an upcoming school. They're getting a better team each and every year," Lambert said. "They go to a lot of bowl games. Their academics are good. They keep their players on track in school because that is first and foremost."

Lambert said all three schools talked about extending a verbal offer, but one is yet to come.

As a sophomore, Lambert registered 62 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and broke up one pass.

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