CoachSpeak: George Breaks Talks Brodie

LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Sending a scholarship athlete to Rutgers for the second consecutive season, Long Branch head coach Dan George breaks down Ryan Brodie's verbal commitment. George discusses how Brodie projects at the next level and his thoughts on the Rutgers choice over Connecticut.

LONG BRANCH, N.J. — As the high-school coach of Ryan Brodie, Dan George did not want him to make the easy choice; he wanted him to make the right choice.

For Brodie and Rutgers, everything fit into place. The newest commit to the Class of 2012 can play 45 minutes from home in a system that fits him, George said.

"It fits," said George, head coach of Long Branch (N.J.). "I think with the academics, at the end of five years, he walks out and if the NFL is not there, then what does he fall back on? He falls back on a Rutgers degree. That's a heck of a piece of paper. From what they do offensively, it is a what he's done the last four years -- primarily run, play-action pro-style stuff. He feels comfortable in that sort of stuff, plus he's playing with Miles Shuler."

With Shuler heading into his sophomore season and Brodie set to sign next week, Long Branch and Rutgers have a budding relationship that is very positive, George said.

"I have a personal relationship with Coach [Greg] Schiano and a great relationship with the staff, but as a coach, I've always tried to be the objective person," George said. "Would I selfishly love for these kids to go to Rutgers? Yeah because they're 45 minutes up the road and we can grab a couple games a year. I think we tried, as a coaching staff, to make sure he had all the options and knew it was a fit. There are so many things behind the scenes that you want to make sure parents and kids think about."

Rutgers identified Brodie early in the recruiting process and was the first to offer the 6-foot-5 lineman. Locking him up today as a verbal commitment, Rutgers will be rewarded with a major tackle prospect, George said.

"Where he separates himself from the average football player is his athleticism," he said. "He's much more athletic than your average Division I, full scholarship kid. I think that's what Rutgers is going to find out in the next couple of years.

"He's going to bang every day. Playing players of that caliber, he would always get excited and saw it as a huge challenge. I think that's the thing that he's going to find out working every day against guys that are as good, if not better as him."

In an era of character concern in recruiting, Rutgers has no reason to worry about Brodie, George said.

"They're getting a great kid. I think that's where it all starts," he said. "He's a guy that's going to do everything humanly possible to become a good football player. Lots of kids have talent, but at the end of the day, he's a great kid too and that's what sets him apart. To me, making it and breaking it in the next five years, that's going to have a lot to do with it."

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