April 8, 2011

N.J. linebacker talks Alabama offer

The University of Alabama continued its recruiting efforts on a national level this week when UA staff extended a scholarship offer to N.J. linebacker Quanzell Lambert on Monday.

"That makes me feel really good about myself to be offered by such a great school," Lambert said. I feel very honored to be recognized by them and receive a scholarship.

"It's a great program. You watch them on TV and see that the coaches really care about their players. They stay out of trouble."

Lambert, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound inside linebacker, received the news from his head coach Monday at school and talked with Alabama assistant coach Jeff Stoutland later in the week.

"He told me a little bit about their program and let me know they had offered me," Lambert said. "He said they wanted me because I was a good guy and fit into their program."

Lambert now has 19 offers, and even though the majority of schools are from the Northeast, he says distance from home is not a factor.

"The first thing I'm looking at is the academic program, and second is the coaching staff and teammates who will support me and help me be successful," Lambert said.

The Sicklerville, N.J. native intends to make the trip to Tuscaloosa to visit UA but wasn't sure when he would be able to. He has a visit scheduled to Penn State next week.

As a junior at Timber Creek High School, Lambert recorded 112 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception.

"I'm definitely a dedicated guy," Lambert said. "I'm going to get to the ball. I'm a vocal person, so I can tell my teammates everything on the field and what's going on."

Lambert plans to wait until January before making a decision.

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