Rutgers High on Jersey Shore Offensive Tackle

It takes a special talent to be noticed while still a sophomore in high school, and Ryan Brodie from Long Branch (N.J.) High is such the player. He is 6-foot-5, 260 pounds and is already getting loads of interest. He recently took part in a camp on Rutgers' campus and was exceptional, and he holds Rutgers in high regard. Find out what is happening with this class of 2012 standout.

Rutgers is recruiting offensive tackle Ryan Brodie with fervor. So is Maryland. Temple is also in on him, and Boston College stopped by Long Branch (N.J.) High a few times to check in on the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder.

Most juniors would be pleased to be getting this much attention at this stage of the recruiting process, but there is one thing about Brodie that separates him from everyone else in the class of 2011.

He's in the class of 2012.

Yup. While recruiting kicks into high gear for the 2011 class, schools are already paying plenty of attention to Brodie, who is one New Jersey's top recruits in the 2012 class.

"I hear a lot from Rutgers,'' Brodie said. "Maryland and Temple also are in touch, and I heard from Boston College twice. They came to the school twice.

"I know a little bit about Rutgers, but I'd like to learn more. My brother's girlfriend goes there, so I come up every once in a while to hang out. It's fun up there.''

Brodie was clocked at 4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash last summer, plays center field for Long Branch's baseball team and, until this season, was a member of the basketball team.

And while his agility, size, attitude and athleticism likely means he will be a national recruit, his plans so far are to remain close to home.

Brodie's childhood favorite is Penn State because he likes the "hard, power football'' the Nittany Lions play, but he plans on giving Rutgers a very long look.

"I want to stay in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey area,'' Brodie said. "Just knowing I'm close (to home) is important. This is all I really know.''

At the Elite Lineman Challenge on Rutgers' campus earlier this month, Brodie displayed his talent. He was one of the top offensive linemen, holding his own against the best defensive end in the camp, Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central High's Giorgio Newberry.

"I learned some things I need to get better at, like my strength,'' Brodie said. "I actually took this whole basketball season off to work out. People told me my junior year was the most important year. I love basketball, but I had to take it off and stay committed to football.''

Brodie added he needs to improve his technique.

"A lot of time I can get away with athletic ability, but I know eventually it's going to catch up with me,'' he said. "I need better technique, like staying low.''

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