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As Don Bosco safety Kevin Brennan dissects his college options, he has plenty of familiarity to lean on when it comes to formulating a decision.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Brennan made recent trips to Rutgers, Boston College and Connecticut -- each extended offers -- and he is planning to camp at Stanford and an Ivy League school to be determined, but it is his connections with Boston College and Rutgers that add so much intrigue.
Don Bosco coach Mike Teel played at Rutgers, and the Ironmen sent a handful of players to the Scarlet Knights in the last five years. During a recent visit, Brennan learned about the changes under coach Chris Ash.
"I loved it there," he said. "I got to see the team work out. From what I've seen prior to when coach Ash was there to now, it's a huge difference. Coach Ash has been around a lot of great coaches when he was at Ohio State and Wisconsin, and he's bringing that to Rutgers now.
"I talked to (defensive backs) coach (Bill) Busch and the strength coach (Kenny Parker). The future is bright there."
Meanwhile, Boston College brings a different feel.
Brennan is being recruited by assistant coach Anthony Campanile, a former Rutgers player and assistant coach. Campanile is also a former Don Bosco assistant coach.
"I loved Boston College," Brennan said. "The campus is beautiful. The facilities are great and the coaches, coach Campanile and coach (Steve) Addazio have great things to say. They are really personable coaches you can talk to man-to-man, and they can really teach you a lot of great lessons."
Knowing Campanile has strong connections to Don Bosco is important.
"Every time I am talking to him, he knows what I am going through here at Bosco," Brennan said. "He knows what it is like to be in the culture here, and it is nice for him to be recruiting me. We have a past relationship and he's a great guy."
UConn recently offered and the return of coach Randy Edsall to the program he took to the Fiesta Bowl years ago grabbed Brennan's attention.
"I know he is going to come back and bring that culture with the new coaching staff he has," Brennan said. "I can tell the future is bright there. He had success. You always want an experienced coach. He's able to bring guys in, in terms of players and coaches. You have to win games. Ultimately, that's what it is all about."