Kyle Queiro talks busy recruiting
"My Dad literally enjoys doing all of the recruiting stuff," said Kyle Queiro. "He did a great job getting my tape out there. After the N.C. State offer it's really snowballed. They say the first one is the hardest to get. I'm up to 13 offers with the most recent one coming from Illinois.
"Two weeks ago I was talking with Vanderbilt's head coach. He said he was impressed most with my ball skills. I've played wide receiver a lot and got used to making plays on the ball. He said he liked how I put my ‘face on somebody', those were his words, and that they were offering me at safety."
Queiro has made unofficial visits this spring to Syracuse, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers. He's hoping to make a trip to SEC country during the summer and stop at Vanderbilt to get better acquainted with the program.
"You look at all of the schools [Vanderbilt] lost to last season," Queiro said, "with the exception of South Carolina and Alabama, they were within six points, so they're right there. It's definitely a program on the way up.
` "We're going to South Carolina for a 7-on-7 tournament, and when I'm there I'll most likely drive over to Vanderbilt. I'll also visit South Carolina. I talk to their coaches daily. Florida's old coaching staff was showing interest before they left, but there has been some communication with the new coaches."
Queiro made 50 receptions as a junior for 145 yards and five touchdowns playing offense as needed. He made more than 50 tackles on the defensive side of the ball and four interceptions. He was named All-State in New Jersey's Non-Public Group 4. His team, the Crusaders, made it to the state finals at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands but fell to perennial power Don Bosco Prep.
"The team needed help in the secondary, so I switched," said Queiro. "I felt like I transitioned well to free safety after playing nothing but wide receiver as sophomore. In addition to All-State, I was also named All-Bergen County and All-Region.
"We usually play Don Bosco twice a year, once in the regular season and then in the playoffs. They lost a whole lot of people, and we've got some good, sold players coming back. I think next year is our year to turn the tables and win a state championship."
West Virginia, Cincinnati, and Duke have offered Queiro at wide receiver. He says position won't play a major factor in a college decision but location might.
"It depends on the day you ask me," said Queiro. "Sometimes I feel like I want to get as far away from this place as possible. College football is so demanding that you don't get much time away no matter where you are. I have friends at Rutgers, not too far from here, who say they have only seen their family three times in a year.
"The first thing for me [when deciding] is looking at the school's academics. Second would be the team's competitiveness and the will to get better. Next would be the campus life. If I'm going somewhere for four or five years I want to be able to enjoy living there."
Queiro is a second generation Cuban-American. He plays football at Bergen Catholic with his younger brother, Cameron. In the off-season he's hitting the weights and competing in the triple jump, high jump, long jump, and 100 meter dash for the track team. Queiro reports a 3.9 GPA. Follow @VandyManiacom
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