Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep safety Kevin Brennan felt good about Rutgers before his Thursday visit. For his parents, however, the visit significantly improved their thoughts about what the school can do for him.
Brennan, who earned a scholarship offer last week from coach Chris Ash, took his first visit to campus since the conversation.
“It definitely exceeded their expectations from what coach Ash had to say,” Brennan said. “They really understand that it's about more than football. My parents love that. It's all about academics and what the program can do for me outside of football. They enjoyed speaking with coach Ash and coach [Bill] Busch and all of them. Plus they would see every game because it's so close to home.”
Brennan was a frequent visitor and multi-time camper to Rutgers as a junior and sophomore. He called his first visit since the offer “very different.”
“Just based off of what we did, it was a different feeling,” Brennan said. “I got to see the team work out. It was kind of a mini junior day with us touring the facilities. We sat in on some presentations and we sat down with coach Ash. [He talked to me] about where I fit in the program. He sees me as a strong safety in their defensive scheme. He likes how tough I am and how I'm a sure tackler that can run.”
Brennan, who started alongside Larry Stevens two years ago at Don Bosco, sees a clear example of progress that is possible at Rutgers.
“Larry Stevens came in and did it as a walk on,” Brennan said. “He came in and earned his spot by working hard. They're building a program off of high-character guys like [Stevens]. … It was great to see him. I hadn't seen him in a while. What coach [Kenny] Parker is doing as the head of strength and conditioning is impressive. Every guy there, all of the linemen are lean. Larry is the same height but he is definitely filled out with a lot of muscle.”
The “Life Beyond the Game” program was a highlight for Brennan, who plans to visit Connecticut and multiple Ivy League schools in March.
Brennan added an offer from Army Friday afternoon.