Four-star offensive tackle Ryan Brodie of Long Branch (N.J.) High arrived on the Rutgers campus with his father, Bryan, before 9 a.m., and spent the next eight hours meeting with the coaching, academic and strength staffs
"I always knew they had a passion (to recruit Brodie), but now they're really turning it up," said Brodie, who will return to campus Monday to partake in Rutgers' camp.
The unofficial visit lasted all day, but it didn't seem like it.
"I didn't even notice. Time flew by," the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Brodie said. "I talked to the dean (Carl Kirschner) for about an hour, coach (Greg) Schiano for about an hour, (strength) coach (Jay) Butler for about an hour. They spaced it out real nice and I got to see everything."
Most important, though, was the time Brodie spent with offensive line coach Kyle Flood.
"We got to know each other much better," he said. "He showed me some of his drills and what he taught his players, and what type of coach he is. It improved a lot from today. I'm just getting to know him better, get comfortable around him, and he's a really good coach, a good teacher."
Brodie is a frequent visitor to the Rutgers campus, be it for junior day, football practice, camps, unofficial visits for basketball games or just to hang out with the staff, but it was never anything like this trip.
"I had never been on a true 1-on-1 visit," Brodie said. "It's really different because it's just you all day. This was important so I can start narrowing down my list. It's about time for me to start making my decision for what schools I want in my top 10, my top 5."
As Brodie's visit to Rutgers came to an end, Boyertown (Pa.) Area High offensive tackle Chris Muller (46th-rated tackle in the 2012 class) was going public with his commitment to Rutgers. Brodie, who is the 29th-ranked offensive tackle in the class, said Muller's decision has no impact on his recruitment.
"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "I know what I can do there, what I can bring to the table, and I know that I can compete with anybody, so I'm not really too worried about that."
However, with Rutgers only taking a few offensive linemen in the class, Brodie knows he may have to make a decision if he doesn't want to get shut out.
"It's not to a point where I have to really stress it, but they said they're not taking too many bodies," Brodie said. "So, there's a point where you really have to start thinking."
Brodie added that time is yet to arrive. Although he has not set up any visits, he said a few could get worked out in the coming weeks. He also has no leaders.