Posted by Bryan Fischer
Rutgers has quietly been assembling one of the top classes in the Big East and added yet another name on Wednesday as Long Branch (N.J.) offensive lineman Ryan Brodie committed to the Scarlet Knights at a ceremony at his school.
“I called coach (Greg) Schiano and he knows every time I call him it’s about business,” Brodie told Scout. “We talked for a while and I told him, ‘Coach, I plan on committing and coming in.’ I asked him to keep it on the low because I didn’t want to put it out publicly."
The 6-foot-6, 290-pound lineman is a three-star prospect according to MaxPreps and ranked as the 22nd offensive lineman in the class of 2012. Brodie held offers from across the country but picked Rutgers over UConn thanks to the comfort factor with the school down the road.
“I loved both schools,” he said. “If I didn’t have the Rutgers offer, I would be at UConn. But I didn’t feel as comfortable as I did at Rutgers. The two times I went up there I didn’t feel that comfortable. Even from my first Rutgers visit, I felt comfortable there. It was natural, and from my sophomore year."
Brodie recently participated in the Semper Fi All-American Game in Phoenix after a solid senior season. He becomes Rutgers' 17th commitment for the class of 2012 and fifth o-line pledge.
"He shows the footwork, the long arms, the quickness, and the explosive moves the college scouts love to see at the LT position," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Shows the balance, body control, and aggressiveness to remain at the LT position at college but can also wind up playing guard. He gets into his pass sets quickly, can extend his arms, and rides rushers past the pocket. He seems to do everything effortlessly and with good strength."