Several Schools Intensify Interest in Brodie

Several schools increased their interest in four-star offensive tackle Ryan Brodie of Long Branch (N.J.) High. He is heading to an ACC school this weekend for a visit, is getting strong interest from a pair of SEC schools and also a pair of Big East programs. Brodie spoke to about his recruitment, when he plans to trim his list and how hard Rutgers is after him.

Rutgers recently intensified its recruitment of Long Branch (N.J.) High's Ryan Brodie, but the Scarlet Knights are not the only ones.

The four-star offensive tackle, who saw his offer list grow to double digits during the spring evaluation period, said schools from the ACC and SEC also picked things up.

"(Rutgers) is doing a little bit more, but other schools are starting to turn it up now. It's been fun," Brodie said. "Connecticut is pushing up now. Vanderbilt is pushing up. South Carolina is, and North Carolina. They've been very aggressive."

As it pertains to Rutgers, the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Brodie is now dealing with a handful of members from the staff.

"It started off with only coach (Robb) Smith, but now it's turned into coach (Jeff) Hafley, coach Smith, coach (Kyle) Flood," Brodie said. "They're hitting me with everybody, even the tight ends coach (Brian Angelichio). A lot of the staff has been contacting me, writing me on Facebook, writing me letters.

"It seems like their whole staff is reaching out right now. The whole staff just got involved. When I call coach Smith, he usually gives me a chance to talk to coach (Greg) Schiano."

In recent weeks, Brodie picked up offers from Virginia and Vanderbilt, and he plans to check those schools out extensively. He is visiting Virginia this weekend.

"I don't know too much about them yet, but I'm going to check them out and see what they have to offer," he said. "I do know it's a great academic school and a good football team, but I want to dig further than that and see what they really have to offer."

Interestingly, Virginia learned about Brodie after his performance at a lineman camp at Rutgers in February when he was repeatedly going against DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) defensive line Michael Moore, whose father, Shawn, is an assistant at Virginia.

"He must have told his father about me," Brodie said. "I think that's how it happened."

Brodie is planning a visit to Rutgers next weekend, after he takes the ACTs, but he isn't close to making a decision.

"I'm going to wait until later in June to cut down my list, and to see what offers are coming in," he said. "I think after that, if anybody comes that really stands out, then they'll be on the new list. But by then, hopefully I'll be leaning toward a school."

Brodie added he is not going to put a deadline on his decision.

"I'm going to do it when I feel I'm ready to do it with the school," he said. "I think when you put a date on it, it's rushing, and I don't think it's something to rush. It's a life decision, so I don't want to rush it at all."

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