Devils Vying For NJ Quarterback

Brett Brackett, one of the East Coast's top prospects, recently sat down with to discuss the early returns from his recruiting process. The 6-foot-6 Lawrence, N.J. product has several high major programs, including Duke, vying for his services. What are your strengths at quarterback?

Brett Brackett: "I guess being able to make quick decisions and making the right reads. I do what is best for the team at the time."

What are you working on to make yourself a better player?

"I am working on throwing with my body instead of my arm. It will help me become more accurate and consistent with my throws."

Who are the main colleges that are recruiting you?

"The main colleges, lets see, Boston College, Penn State, Rutgers, Toledo, North Carolina State, Louisville, Ole Miss, and Duke."

Any early scholarship offers?

"Yes sir, I received an offer from all eight of those schools."

Who was the first school to offer you?

"Rutgers offered me during my sophomore year."

Have you been contacted by way of phone this month?

"I think all of them have either called or come by the school. Virginia came by my school too, but they have not offered me yet."

Which coach stood out the most during your conversations?

"They all had something unique to say, but I think Ole Miss' coaches stood out because they were so out going, but they were all fun to talk too."

Who called you from Ole Miss?

"I talked to both their head coach and their QB coach, Mazzone. Coach Mazzone recruited Jason Campbell (Auburn) and coached Phillip Rivers (North Carolina State). He has coached some pretty good QB's."

Which colleges have caught your eye so far?

"I think all eight of the schools I listed to you are up there."

Tell us what you most like about Rutgers?

"I have a chance to fight for a job pretty early. They are also an up and coming program."

Boston College?

"They are also short on QB's. They just moved to the ACC. The ACC plays good quality football. I could be a part of something special."

What are Penn State's positives?

"Penn State is Penn State (laugh). Their history is pretty deep. They had a good recruiting class last year. I would not start for a couple of years because they have a redshirt sophomore who will play after their 5th year QB leaves, but I could learn a lot from him."

How important is early playing time for you?

"I would like to play as soon as possible. I am not the type of kid who likes to sit around (laugh). But, if the right situation was right, I would do it (sit). If all possible though, I would like to play."

What attracts you to Toledo?

"Their seniors have won four championships. They obviously have a winning tradition."

North Carolina State?

"They are also in a good conference. I could play a little earlier there. They had a pretty decent QB, Phillip Rivers, who threw for 4, 000 yards. They know how to get the most out of you."

What are Louisville's positives?

"They had the #1 offense last year. What is not to like about that (laugh)? I think they were ranked as high as #6 last year, so that is nothing to bat your eye at. They have a returning QB, but if the situation were right, I could handle that."

Ole Miss?

"Their QB coach has worked with some good QB's. Coach Mazzone has had a lot of success, and I just personally like him a lot. He is fun to talk to."

What about Duke?

"I think their academics is second to none. Their program is building like Rutgers and to be a part of that is something special. They play in a good conference too."

What are going to be the main factors in your decision?

"I just want to feel at home. It will be the place I spend my next four years. I want to feel comfortable around their coaches and players. I am not sure what I am going to major in, but I want to make sure they focus on academics."

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