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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Queiro names leader among three offers

By Jared Shanker

It was the best game of Cameron Queiro’s career. The Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic athlete was all over the field making tackles.

The last tackle he would make that game also would be the last of his season. In the season’s fifth game, Queiro suffered a concussion and then a seizure on the field.

“Any seizure is no activity for two to three months,” Queiro said.

So he missed the state championship game, one Bergen Catholic could have used Queiro in as its defense allowed a late touchdown that cost them a title.

Queiro said he is back to 100 percent healthy. He’s lifting and back to doing physical activity. He gained some muscle, too, and he said a lot of people think he looks different but in a good way.

At 6-foot and 180 pounds, Queiro is between linebacker and safety. He played mostly linebacker as a junior but was at safety the game he was injured -- “the best game of my life.”

“In practice I didn’t think I’d be involved but then the cutback lanes opened, and they kept running to me, and I kept making tackles and putting hits on the running back,” Queiro said.

Going into his senior season, Queiro is not sure which position he will play. He said most schools recruiting him at this point like him at linebacker.

Pittsburgh, Northwestern and Vanderbilt are Queiro’s three offers. He recently visited Northwestern the weekend of Jan. 11.

“It was great, probably one of the best weekends of my life,” Queiro said. “The coaches are great, and I got to talk to Coach Fitz [Pat Fitzgerald]. I like everything about Northwestern.”

He also likes that his older brother Kyle is a 2013 commitment for the Wildcats. His visit, coupled with the fact his brother soon will be a Wildcat, has Northwestern at the top of Queiro’s list.

“My brother has a pull on me,” he said laughing. “He was telling me before the state championship game ‘This can’t be our last game together. You got to come be with me.’ ”

Queiro already has seen Boston College, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and a few other schools while tagging along with his brother. From those visits and watching Kyle deal with coaches, Queiro has a pretty good idea of the recruiting process.

He wants to visit Vanderbilt soon, but Queiro has a good idea of Northwestern and Pitt already.

“I liked it. It’s very nice, and the coaches are also very nice,” he said. “You could see they’re building a lot more.”

A decision is not imminent Queiro, though. He spoke with his father recently and plans to wait at least a few more months to which other teams might enter the fold.