4-Star Brodie Looks In-depth On Rutgers Visit

Four-star Long Branch (N.J.) High offensive tackle Ryan Brodie is regular on the Rutgers campus, so when he attended a recent practice it wasn't to get to know the program. He is looking at many of the finer details, and he shared his thoughts on it with ScarletReport.com.

Long Branch (N.J.) High four-star offensive tackle Ryan Brodie has been to Rutgers so often, he is beyond learning the basics about the school.

When he heads to campus, like he did last weekend to check out a practice, he is looking deeper into the program.

"I look at the linemen, in general, and who they're bringing in after me, and the lineman already at the spot," Brodie said. "I think about that.

"I don't know if I've seen it all (at Rutgers), but I'm very familiar with everything. They'd have to show me something really (different), but for the most part I know what it is."

Brodie holds nine offers, and more are expected when the spring evaluation period begins April 15. Among the non-offering schools showing Brodie the most attention are Wisconsin and Vanderbilt, and of the offered schools, Rutgers is showing the most interest in the 6-foot-5, 270-pounder.

"They've show me a lot (of attention), but other schools have shown me, too," Brodie said. "But Rutgers, they try a little harder. I get a letter from everybody on the staff every week. I read all the hand-written letters."

Brodie is long and athletic, and possess quick feet, but there was concern in the winter about his weight.

But he stopped playing basketball to concentrate on working out and has added 23 pounds since December while working out with a personal trainer.

"I've been putting on good weight," he said. "I'm doing well with it. I thought I did (work hard) my freshman and sophomore years, but I've turned it up a notch this year. I'm sure next year will be two times of what I'm doing now."

Brodie is still mapping out a spring/summer visit schedule, but said North Carolina State, North Carolina and Tulane are places he would like to visit.

Still, there is the pull of Rutgers, which is 40 minutes from his home, and the familiarity of the program. When he attended Rutgers' practice last week, he made the trip with friend, former Long Branch teammate and Scarlet Knights signee Miles Shuler, and the two talk about the recruiting process.

"He understands the fact that I want to do my own thing," Brodie said. "He just tells me all the good things and bad things about recruiting."

Brodie has no leaders, and said there is no timetable for a decision.

"I haven't thought about it," Brodie said. "I'm going to see who else comes into the mix."

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