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Rutgers Offers Seasoned Don Bosco Defensive Back Kevin Brennan

Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco prep three-star safety Kevin Brennan ended an emotional Thursday on a high note with a scholarship offer from in-state Rutgers.

For a hard-nosed football player that lives 30 minutes from campus, a Thursday phone conversation with Rutgers coach Chris Ash was a special one for Kevin Brennan.

Whirlwind is an understatement in describing Brennan's day as a Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep Ironman but it ended well with a verbal scholarship offer from the Scarlet Knights.

“It's huge,” Brennan said. “It's such an honor to be offered by my in-state school with coach Ash. It's a great program that's building something special, plus it's a half hour from home. That's big.”

What makes Brennan see “something special” in the works after Ash's first season? Brennan knows a thing or two about winning at Don Bosco, and there are clear similarities, he said.

“They're building a culture over there that's very similar to Bosco,” he said. “It's about toughness, getting hard-working guys. I see that on social media and all of the hard work they're putting in. In talking to players at Rutgers, it was their first year and they have a coaching staff that works hard for the players.”

Brennan has two former teammates at Rutgers in defensive back Larry Stevens and center Michael Maietti. Brennan camped twice at Rutgers heading into his junior season.

“Larry was a role model to me my freshman year when he played corner and I was playing safety,” Brennan said. “I built a great relationship with him and I got to play two years with Maietti.”

Rutgers likes Brennan, who also plays running back, as a safety.

“I called [Ash] today and he said they love my toughness and my work ethic, plus they see me as a talented football program,” Brennan said. “They told me the whole staff watched my film today.”

Brennan plans to unofficially visit Rutgers next week while off of school.

Brennan likely visits Connecticut for an upcoming March junior day with Penn State, North Carolina, Navy, Iowa and Army also in the picture.

The bittersweet part of Brennan's football day came early in the morning when New Jersey legend Greg Toal stepped down as his head coach. Don Bosco Prep immediately promoted former Ironman and Scarlet Knight Mike Teel.

“It's been a very hectic day,” Brennan said. “With coach Toal, I'm upset to see him go. I'm really happy for coach Teel getting the head-coaching job and I'm excited for what the future holds. Coach Toal left an unmatched legacy but I know the future is bright.”

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