Football: Lambert settles on Rutgers


Quanzell Lambert will sign with Rutgers on Wednesday, Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson said Tuesday night.

Lambert, an All-South Jersey linebacker regarded as one of Rutgers' top recruits, never de-committed after Greg Schiano left the program to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.

But after Schiano left as Rutgers' head coach, Lambert also declined to announce his intention to stick with the state university.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, Hinson said that Lambert would not be signing on Wednesday -- an ominous sign for Rutgers supporters that perhaps Lambert was considering de-comitting from the program.

But Lambert might have been swayed when defensive lineman Darius Hamilton of Don Bosco Prep, widely regarded as one of the top defensive linemen in the country and perhaps the No. 2 recruit in New Jersey, announced Tuesday night that he would sign with Rutgers.

Hamilton also strongly considered Miami.

Hinson said Monday that Hamilton and Lambert hoped to be a "one-two punch" on the defensive side of the football together at Rutgers.

Lambert wil sign at 12:30 p.m. at Timber Creek, Hinson said.

-- Phil Anastasia

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