Top 2012 OL Brodie Reflects on Rutgers Visit

Long Branch (N.J.) High's Ryan Brodie is one of the top offensive lineman in New Jersey's 2012 recruiting class, and when Rutgers opened training camp Friday, he was on campus to check out the action. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Brodie spoke with about the visit, what coach Greg Schiano told him and what else he learned during the day.

Long Branch (N.J.) High's Miles Shuler is one of the most recruited athletes in New Jersey's 2011 class, but he isn't the only member of the Green Waves garnering attention.

While Shuler makes his mark as Long Branch's dual-threat quarterback, class of 2012 offensive lineman Ryan Brodie is one of the guys blocking for him.

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Brodie already is building a relationship with the Rutgers coaching staff, and another step in his recruitment came a few days ago when he attended the Scarlet Knights' training camp-opening practice.

"I noticed the enthusiasm, and flying around," said Brodie, who holds a verbal offer from Rutgers. "The intensity level is way different. I sit by the (offensive linemen) and watch them and see if there's some things I can learn."

There was a reason Brodie chose to attend it.

"Just to see what a college practice is like. It was my first one," he said. "It's exciting to that intensity. The organization of switching the time periods, that's what made me realize what a difference it was."

Brodie is one of the top offensive lineman in New Jersey in his class.

During the trip Brodie was able to speak to several members of the coaching staff, including coach Greg Schiano, offensive line coach Kyle Flood and director of player development Tariq Ahmad.

"Coach Schiano was telling me about my offer, the program, about practice," Brodie said. "That's all we got to talk about. I spent a lot of time with coach Tariq (Ahmad). I talked to coach Flood a little bit. He tells me how talented I am right now and over time, what could happen."

Brodie also got another look at locker room, weight room and many of the other amenities at the school.

"We went over the tour again," he said. "I've seen the football facilities a few times. So we looked over them again."

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