Brodie Takes Final Official Visit

Already extremely familiar with Rutgers, Long Branch (N.J.) tackle Ryan Brodie took his official visit this weekend and returned home with positive reviews of his time on the Banks. Brodie will announce his college choice Wednesday between Rutgers and Connecticut.

More than anything else, Ryan Brodie said his official visit this weekend to Rutgers was a learning experience.

Whether he announces Rutgers or Connecticut as his college choice Wednesday, Brodie wants to have an immediate impact and learned from one of the best about how that is done as a freshman offensive lineman.

Hosted by Freshman All-American Kaleb Johnson, Brodie said the starting right tackle told him the playbook was his secret to success.

"He told me a lot about what I'll have to do," Brodie said. "I have to go in there and learn the playbook. You have to be able to know the playbook and that's one of the biggest things. I think that was very helpful. It's the kind of thing that will help when I get there [to college]."

Brodie starts at left tackle and on the defensive line for Long Branch (N.J.) and hopes to have an immediate impact in college next season. The playbook, he said, is something he is excited to see after he signs his National Letter of Intent.

"It was something I thought about, but that just really solidifies what I need to do," Brodie said. "Hearing it from a guy like that who knows what to expect kind of showed me what it means."

In addition to Johnson, Brodie spent time with former teammate Miles Shuler and many of the top recruits in New Jersey including Darius Hamilton and Leonte Carroo.

"It was amazing," Brodie said. "It was everything I expected it to be an more. it was fun. I just really had a good time and learned a lot. "It was cool. All of us just bonded and shared a great experience. We weren't talking so much about football, just chilling and getting to know each other."

Brodie is set to announce his college choice Wednesday after cancelling his Jan. 27 official visit to Miami and will be in attendance.

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