Four schools have already offered early verbal scholarship to Brown, a rising junior and talented running back.
Last year, Brown carried 182 times for 1017 yards and also caught 15 passes for 226 yards. On the defensive side, he intercepted four passes.
Savage has completed 190 of 426 passes for 2547 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons as a varsity quarterback.
Although some players commit early to learn and practice with collegiate football programs, Savage stayed behind for other reasons.
"The archdiocese made a decision to decline it because they don't want to set a precedent," he said. "So I'm going to come up here as much as I can in the spring and watch practice."
When asked about Brown, Savage said, "he loves it here, he likes it a lot."
Trying to convince him to come to Rutgers?
"Absolutely," Savage responded.
Meanwhile, Savage said he and Brown have enjoyed their summer playing video games and socializing.
"He's at my home every day," Savage said. "We're playing NCAA (College Football 2009). I'm using Rutgers and putting a pounding on him."
After fifth-year senior QB Mike Teel departs, the competition for his successor will remain fierce. Nevertheless, Savage feels content with his decision to join the Knights.
"It's close to home. It's everything you need: great coach, great style of offense," he said. "When I came here I saw a lot of quarterbacks, but I want to focus on where I'd be happy and keeping working hard."
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