Rutgers to Offer 2012 Jersey Shore OL

Class of 2012 offers cannot be sent out until Sept. 1, but when that days comes Long Branch (N.J.) High offensive lineman Ryan Brodie can expect at least one packet in his mailbox. The 6-foot-3, 259-pound Brodie told the coaching staff at Rutgers gave him a verbal offer. Brodie discussed the offer, what it means, and how he will approach the recruiting process.

Long Branch (N.J.) High offensive lineman Ryan Brodie heard from plenty of schools he was going to be recruited hard once his junior season began, but no one told him he was getting an offer.

That is, until he heard the news from Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

Brodie, one of New Jersey's top class of 2012 players, was offered a verbal scholarship by the Scarlet Knights, and he is downright thrilled about it.

"I can't really explain it," the 6-foot-3, 259-pound Brodie said. "Other coaches gave me hints about how they're going to give me an offer Sept. 1, but nothing like that. It feels so good.

"This is my first one. Guys have told me before, ‘Yeah, you're going to be one of the guys we're looking at,' but never did they say straight up they were going to offer me."

Brodie was at Saturday's 7-on-7 Schiano Shootout, and is also camping at Rutgers this week. One of his close friends is teammate and Rutgers class of 2011 target Miles Shuler, who was also at Monday morning's camp session.

"I'm so excited right now," Brodie said. "Miles, he's got 30 offers, so I can't even imagine how he feels right now."

Brodie's physical development since the winter is noticeable. He stopped playing baseball so he could focus on weight training, and it has paid offer with a leaner physical, more strength and better quickness.

"I'm glad I did," Brodie said. "I'm the strongest I've been in my life. I'm leaner, but I've put on about nine pounds since (February). A lot of people told me to work on my legs, and my legs are strong now. My max squat is about 460. I've been working on it."

In the past Brodie told he believed he wanted to stay close to home, and that he always liked Rutgers, and that remains true.

However, after getting his first verbal offer, Brodie isn't about to put a cap on his recruitment.

"I'm going to be patient and a big part of it is going to be the education," Brodie said. "I want to become a dentist, so I'm going to be looking at schools football-wise, and also with dentistry and academics."

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