Brodie Makes Two More Stops at Rutgers

Four-star offensive tackle Ryan Brodie of Long Branch (N.J.) High made a pair of visits to the Rutgers campus over the weekend. He spoke about the trips, what he is feeling about Rutgers, and what other schools are in the mix.

Long Branch (N.J.) High four-star offensive tackle Ryan Brodie stood at on the concourse of High Point Solutions Stadium as throngs of fans lined up for autographs of current Scarlet Knights players.

For Brodie, it was his second trip to campus in two days, and he acknowledged how surreal and exciting it was to see Jersey Shore residents and current Rutgers freshmen like Savon Huggins and former Long Branch teammate Miles Shuler embraced by the fans already.

It capped Sunday's day-long visit to Rutgers, and gave him yet another positive feeling about the school.

"It's just all love there," said Brodie, who also made a brief visit to campus Saturday. "Everybody knows you. The players know you, the fans know you. It's just an all-love environment there."

Brodie is yet to official trim his list of more than a dozen suitors, but at this point there are three schools he expressed interest in making official visits to.

"I would like to go out to Purdue and check it out," the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Brodie said. "I would like to go down to South Carolina. Rutgers is one. Those are really my main schools that I would like to take a visit to."

His strong relationship and deep knowledge of the Rutgers program is a reason why he wants to explore other schools.

Since he doesn't have as strong a sense of what Purdue and South Carolina offer, his desire to learn more about those programs, which are the ones he is in contact with the most, is pushing him to make official visits.

As for his knowledge of Purdue, it is limited.

"I know it's the Big Ten, I know they have (good) linemen down there," Brodie said. "They actually offered me as a defensive lineman. When then found out I played offense, they told me I could come there as an athlete and we would see what happens.

"I like it. It shows how their coaching staff is, and if they really like a player, they'll give him option."

There is some uncertainty with South Carolina's recruitment of Brodie in the fallout of assistant coach G.A. Mangus' arrest for alleged nuisance conduct last month.

"I was talking to coach Mangus and he got caught up with the suspension," he said. "We were talking on a regular basis, but I've kind of lost touch with him in the last week or so."

Brodie said he is not close to making a decision, but his focus is now changing. Long Branch began practice Monday.

"I'm glad football is starting," he said. "But I take it all in and don't really let (the recruiting) stress me out."

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