2016 Intro: S Greg Brackett

Glassboro (N.J.) safety Greg Brackett has an uncle that was one of the greats at Rutgers and teammates headed to both the Scarlet Knights and Penn State Nittany Lions. Brackett hopes to be next as he prepares for recruiting and the spring evaluation period.

Class of 2016 safety Greg Brackett is still new to recruiting, but he has the relationships in place to make for an exciting build to his senior year.

Brackett has early interest from Delaware, Stony Brook, Rutgers and Penn State and teammate and family connections to help him along the way.

Brackett played alongside Penn State commit Juwan Johnson and Rutgers commit Ronnie James, and hopes that exposure brings more eyes on the product at Glassboro (N.J.).

“It’s tough because we’re a smaller school, so a lot of colleges don’t come to look at us,” Brackett said. “They’re great teammates to me. They’ve helped me out. They push me to better myself.”

If Brackett’s name sounds familiar, it is because his uncle Gary Brackett – another Glassboro product – has a Super Bowl ring with the Indianapolis Colts and is a former Rutgers linebacker.

“He’s just told me that Rutgers is a good school and I need to choose wisely,” Brackett said on advice from his uncle. “I haven’t spoken a bunch with him about recruiting yet, but I’m going to soon.”

Brackett does not have any junior day visits set, and instead expects to start his recruitment during the spring evaluation period and camps set to both Rutgers and Penn State.

The safety visited Penn State alongside Johnson for a game last year, and knows Rutgers well.

“Penn State had a great environment, they have a big atmosphere there,” Brackett said. “... I think [Rutgers] is a really good program, to be honest. They go to a bowl game almost every year and they put players in the NFL.”

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety recorded 39 tackles and three interceptions as a junior. He recently competed at the NLG Beast of the East event in South Jersey where he was one of Scout’s top performers as an honorable mention.

“I want to show that I’m a good defender at my position,” Brackett said. “I can get to the ball quickly. I like to roam around and see the field.”

Brackett also won the respect of older teammates for his hard work and leadership in the locker room.

“He brings a competitiveness to the team that will make everyone want to compete,” said James, who played in the same secondary with Brackett last season.


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