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January 11, 2012
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Among the list of the schools the star football player in the Northeast indicated had interest in him was one that particularly stood out:
"I come from a family of overachievers," Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic receiver Kyle Queiro said with a laugh during the U.S. Army National Combine last week in San Antonio, Texas.
His talent in the classroom - or on the football field - is no joke.
His size (6-3, 185), speed (4.5) and hands (5 TD catches) make him an ideal Division I football player. But his nearly straight-A average in his many honors courses make him an ideal Ivy League student.
Queiro, a member of the Class of 2013, said he'll be looking for a school that can handle both when his recruiting process picks up next fall.
"It's a 50-50 split between football and education," he said.
Education, he said, always has been pushed in his home. And he's fine with that. After all, he knows starting his own business may be a more realistic goal than starting in the NFL.
"I know the value they place on education," he said. "But that's OK, I do, too."
Queiro is eager to use his talents on the field to get into the best business school possible.
"Football is an avenue to an education," he said "You should use football to get the best education possible."
Quiero admits it bothers him a bit when he hears other kids at events such as the national combine talk about potential schools without actually talking about the school part. But, he said, he never tries to preach the value of education - except when talking to his sophomore brother Cameron.
Besides, at events such as this, he's more concerned about football - hoping to learn something that will help him solve the ultimate riddle: How do you beat rival Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep?
"We feel like we're getting better," he said.
Indeed. Bergen Catholic has fallen to Don Bosco four times in the past two seasons - including back-to-back state finals - but two of those games were competitive.
With most of the starters from this year's team returning, Bergen Catholic may have a chance.
Beating Bosco, he said, would be the ultimate. At least on the football field.