Rutgers Increases Interest in Jersey DT

Rutgers is always on the lookout for new talent, and when a top defensive tackle from Florida transferred to New Jersey in the summer, the Scarlet Knights picked up the trail on his recruitment. Rutgers visited his school earlier this month, and he is trying to get to campus for an unofficial visit. The player holds more than a dozen offers, and has an official visit set to another Big East school

It takes a special talent to climb into the elite atmosphere on Rutgers' 2012 nearly-full recruiting board these days, but defensive tackle Christian Brown is just about there.

The Scarlet Knights visited the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder's school, Bridgeton (N.J.) High earlier this month, and are trying to get him to campus for an unofficial visit in the coming weeks.

"I don't know too much about Rutgers, but Rutgers is trying hard to get me up there," Brown said. "I'm going to try and see if I can make a trip up there and check them out."

Brown planned to attend last week's game against Ohio, but last-minute transportation issues kept it from happening.

And if the Scarlet Knights can get him on campus, and extend an offer, it could put them in an already-impressive BCS-laden mix.

Brown said holds offers from West Virginia, Kentucky, Iowa State, UCF, Illinois, Western Kentucky, Purdue, Minnesota, North Carolina State, UAB, Middle Tennessee State, Indiana, Duke and Ball State.

He also set up his first official visit a few days ago.

"I set one up for West Virginia in November," Brown said. "It's when they play Pittsburgh (Nov. 25). I'm trying to set one up for Illinois right now."

Brown's decision to make an official visit to West Virginia was based on a number of things.

"It's closer to home and I like how West Virginia is," he said. "I just want to go for myself and see how the facilities are, see the coaches, and go and have a good time and enjoy the trip."

Brown said a few schools are beginning to separate themselves in his recruitment.

"I'm pretty much hearing from them all," Brown said. "I can say West Virginia, UCF, North Carolina State, Minnesota, Illinois and Kentucky, they are the ones standing out the most."

Brown did not make any unofficial visits in the summer, but knows what he is looking for in a school.

"I'd like a big campus. I can't lie," he said. "There's nothing like the fans. I just want to enjoy everything."

Brown was living with his mother in Fort Myers, but he said the shape of his recruitment, and the fact his father lives in Bridgeton, led him to transfer.

"I'm from Florida, but I went to middle school (in New Jersey)," Brown said. "Most of the offers I have, they're up north. I figured if I came back up, that would give me a better chance to check out schools and do everything I need to do to get into college."

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