Brodie Talks Recruiting, Decision Timetable

Long Branch (N.J.) High four-star offensive tackle Ryan Brodie spoke to about his recruitment. He divulged whether he has any leaders, and when he may make a decision. Come inside and see what he had to say.

There was a time four-star offensive lineman Ryan Brodie of Long Branch (N.J.) High was seemingly close to a decision, but he decided to take a step back and make sure he is evaluating everything properly.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Brodie said he has no leaders, and added he may wait to take official visits before making a decision.

"I want to meet the players," he said. "For a lot of the schools, it would be easier to take an official visit. I just can't take an unofficial to Purdue. I would like to see the schools that are kind of far."

Rutgers and Connecticut remain on Brodie's list, but Vanderbilt and Purdue are also there. And, a pair of schools – Miami and Pittsburgh -- yet to offer increased interest recently.

"UConn is still an option. I still like UConn," Brodie said. "We can put Pitt back in the mix. I've been hearing from them.

"There was a period where I wasn't sure, but I talked to them and the coach let me know everything that was going on. He told me they were still interested. They're looking like they're going to give a late offer. They just want to meet me."

Brodie continues to have frequent conversations with the Rutgers staff, including coach Greg Schaino, who is heavily involved in the recruitment.

"It's getting closer to school and I'm trying to narrow it down and see what schools I'm going to check out," Brodie said. "I'm still narrowing. My coach is flexible. I really don't want to miss any days of practice, but if something pops up and we have to go check a school out, then we're going to go."

Brodie knows slots are filling up quickly at schools, including Rutgers, where 13 players committed, including a trio of offensive linemen. But he said the Scarlet Knights, as well as several other schools, are understanding of his desire to wait longer.

"You have to be patient with the whole process and looking everything through, and checking things out," Brodie said. "It puts a little pressure on you, and not good pressure, either. It makes you really think about the school and say, ‘Wow, I don't really want to do it just yet.' It kind of turns you away from a school if they put too much pressure on you."

As about a leader, Brodie said he isn't naming one because things change so quickly.

"I don't know about leaders now," he said. "Once somebody gets ahead, then somebody else steps it up. It's like a never-ending race."

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