Brodie's Recruitment Gaining Steam

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Rutgers was the first school to give class of 2012 offensive lineman Ryan Brodie a verbal scholarship offer, but it won't be the last. With Sept. 1 arriving, recruiting is picking up for the 6-foot-4, 265 pounder from Long Branch (N.J.) High. Brodie spoke to after Friday's thrilling 21-17 win at Ocean Township (N.J.) High. Check out what he had to say.

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – When Miles Shuler broke off a pair of long runs to lead Long Branch (N.J.) High past Ocean Township 21-17 last week, he had help from an offensive line that came to life in the second half.

And anchoring the line is 6-foot-4, 265-pound offensive lineman Ryan Brodie, who received a verbal offer from Rutgers in June.

His recruiting is also hitting stride. When Sept. 1 arrived and schools began contacting class of 2012 prospects, Brodie's email, Facebook and mailbox became very busy places.

So what is new in recruiting?

"Other than a load of letters, nothing else," Brodie said. "It's from everybody. I got game invites to just about every school."

The tough part for Brodie is figuring out which game invite he will accept. Long Branch's lone bye is the weekend of Oct. 23, when Rutgers plays at Pittsburgh.

"It's kind of hard to pick a school that you want to go to (for a game)," Brodie said. "We've only got one bye week, so I've got to pick a school that I'm really interested in and go see the school." Even if Rutgers was home during the bye, Brodie likely wouldn't head there.

It's not that he doesn't like the Scarlet Knights, but rather the proximity will allow him to attend at least one game this season.

"We can always make a Rutgers game," Brodie said. "They play on Thursday nights, so we can make a Rutgers game. Every week Rutgers sends me a good luck letter for the game. They also send messages on Facebook."

On the field, Brodie said the come-from-behind fourth-quarter win against Ocean should be a confidence builder heading into this weekend's clash with rival Neptune (N.J.) High.

"It was always a point of us firing out, and we played physical," Brodie said. "When we went to the locker room 7-7, it was a gut check and we knew we could overcome adversity.

"It was a big week for us. Next we have Neptune, and it's just going to keep snowballing and try to go undefeated this year."

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