Early Enrollment Spotlight: Brendan Bordner Adjusting to Rutgers Lifestyle

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- From the grind of a Big Ten offseason to the culture change in New Jersey, defensive end Brendan Bordner feels at home through his first weeks as a college football player.

Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley defensive end Brendan Bordner has been a Rutgers Scarlet Knight for less than a month but he has the attitude down pat.

Asked how he enjoys the transition to the New Jersey lifestyle, Bordner went right to the sarcasm spectrum.

“[New Jersey] has been good,” Bordner said on National Signing Day. “The only bad part is the drivers.”

Outside of the cultural transition, Rutgers is a seamless adaptation for the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end.

“I'm pretty happy with it,” said Bordner, who ranked as the No. 2 defensive end in Ohio in 2017. “I went through the recruiting process and I got to the right place. I didn't want to commit and then de-commit. I didn't want to be one of those guys. I wanted to go through it, make sure I went to the right place and felt comfortable there. I feel comfortable here.”

Bordner and the other newcomers are hard at work in the weight room with the rest of the team. Rutgers sit less than two months away from the beginning of spring practice.

“They've been tough,” Bordner said. “They're definitely different than anything I've ever done before. … The biggest thing is just that you have to do every rep. They're there to help you. They'll make you get better. By doing that, they'll make sure you do the reps. If you fail, they're going to help you through the rep so you still are doing it.”

Bordner picked Rutgers over West Virginia in December after a pair of official visits.

“I'd say I'm pretty close with most of the [coaching staff],” Bordner said. “Especially throughout the recruiting process, and then getting here, they kept it the same.”

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