Long Branch OL Excels at Elite Camp

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- A pressing need for Rutgers in the 2012 class is to add more quality offensive linemen, and over the summer Long Branch (N.J.) High's Ryan Brodie picked up an offer from the Scarlet Knights. Not only did he perform well at the New Level Athletics Elite Linemen Camp over the weekend, but he also took an unofficial visit to Rutgers recently.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Long Branch (N.J.) High's Ryan Brodie took a hand to the face in what was supposed to be a non-contact blocking drill, and his competitive spirit was sparked.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound offensive lineman then handled defensive end Kenny Bigelow in a one-on-one drill, and when Bigelow went hard well after the whistle, Brody snapped back with more fire.

Of the things Brody did during the weekend's New Level Athletics Badger Sport Elite Linemen Challenge, the most-eye-popping was his display of a nasty streak when provoked.

"I played sports all my life, so that's where it came from, being competitive and not wanting to lose," said Brody, the most consistent offensive lineman at the camp. "The tempo wasn't right, so I had to make sure everything was right. It just comes on. When you have your equipment out, it just comes out."

Brody holds offers from Rutgers, North Carolina and North Carolina State, but that should change once the spring evaluation period begins.

However, Brody is easily the most familiar with the Scarlet Knights, and his latest unofficial visit to campus came Feb. 12 when he attended a basketball game. "That put me in the environment of the school," Brodie said. "There was no sugar-coating anything. I sat right in the student section, and heard everything. You heard it and smelled it. I had a good time."

This was his second trip to the elite linemen camp, and unlike last season when he was out to make a name for himself, Brody came to this year's event as a known commodity.

"I saw a lot of new kids, and learned what I have to work on and got better," Brody said. "I have to get better at rush-move recognition, knowing what that is going to come and what to do with it."

Brodie's focus is the weight room, with a need to increase his weight and continue working on his technique. After giving up basketball to focus on working out, he added 15 pounds in the last six weeks.

He also has a change of plans for the spring, when he will move to track and field to throw the shot put in an effort to work on his explosion and footwork.

"A lot of coaches are telling me it's a good look," Brody said. "I did it seventh grade. I'm going to give it a shot."

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