Brodie Visits Rutgers for Season-Opener

Long Branch High School (Long Branch, N.J.) offensive lineman Ryan Brodie's recruitment continues to heat up as he prepares for his senior season. The four-star recruit recently picked up an offer from West Virginia, but was in attendance Thursday night for Rutgers' 48-0 shutout. Brodie spoke with about the visit, and seeing former teammate Miles Shuler play his first game.

For the third time since Rutgers began training camp one month ago, four-star offensive lineman Ryan Brodie took an unofficial visit to watch the Scarlet Knights.

In the stands for Rutgers' 48-0 shutout of North Carolina Central Thursday night, Brodie was treated to seeing his friend and former teammate Miles Shuler's first college football game.

"I was hoping he'd get a little more time out there, but it was just a good experience to see him even out there," Brodie said. "Looking at him, I was like ‘wow, he was just at [Long Branch] and now he's on the field.' That was a very good experience. Rutgers played well too."

Like everyone else in attendance, Brodie said the dominating defensive performance stood out and excited him. As a budding Division I tackle, Brodie said he also enjoyed watching the Rutgers offensive line's first sack-free performance in more than a season.

"Definitely the defense stood out," Brodie said. "The defense was so impressive. ... [The offensive line] did a good job. They got the job done [Thursday]. They looked pretty solid as a unit, improved."

Brodie said it was something special to watch many of the true freshmen get playing time. From the camp circuit to Long Branch games, Brodie has good relationships with many of Rutgers' newcomers including Shuler and Savon Huggins, who scored his first two college touchdowns against N.C. Central.

"That was something that went well," Brodie said. "I truly know these people and they're playing college football right now, especially seeing that [Gary Nova] play, I was like ‘wow that's crazy.'"

After the game concluded, Brodie spent time in the Hale Center with other recruits, meeting with the coaching staff. Brodie, who is a frequent visitor at Rutgers, said he did not learn anything new about the program, but that was not his reason for coming to the game.

"I talked to some of the coaches at the end of the day," Brodie said. "I talked with basically everybody. It went well. The game wasn't really about recruiting for me. I just wanted to go to the game, see my friends and be in a good environment."

In recruiting, Brodie's newest offer came last week from West Virginia.

"It's big, but I just have to build a relationship with them," Brodie said. "I like it so far."

Brodie's top six is currently Rutgers, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Purdue, Miami and North Carolina. Brodie recently accepted an invitation to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz.

Long Branch High School kicks off its season Saturday against Colts Neck. Brodie said that is his only focus now and that he does not plan to take any more visits during the first few weeks of the season.

"I'm thinking I'm just getting ready for football season right now," Brodie said. "I'm very excited. I can't wait to play football my senior year and open up this season. I've waited a long time for this."

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