Basking Ridge (N.J.) Immaculata offensive center Mark Brazinski made a surprising decision today. The 6-foot-3, 297-pounder who committed to Rutgers over Boston College and Florida State back in June has decided to de-commit from the Scarlet Knights.
"I de-committed and am opening things back up," said Brazinski, ranked as the No. 6 player in New Jersey and the No. 5 center overall in the country. "I feel I made my decision too early, I sort of rushed things. I have been going back and forth on this for the last few weeks and have been re-thinking things so I felt it was best just to de-commit and start over and really make sure this time."
Brazinski contacted Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano and the response was one of surprised.
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"He was a little surprised," said Brazinski. "He said they will continue to recruit me and that they want me in their program but I told him I need to re-evaluate my options to make sure for myself."
Brazinski has offers from Rutgers, Boston College, Florida State and Pennsylvania where his brother plays.
"Those are the schools I'll consider as well as any other schools that show interest and offer me," he said. "Things stopped after I committed so I haven't received any new offers but I plan on calling a handful of schools and letting them know I am back on the market."
Will Brazinski take any visits to any schools soon?
"I don't have any visits planned or anything and I'm not sure if I will go to any practices this month because camp for us starts in a few days," he said. "I'll figure that out when I can, right now I'm looking forward to my senior season at Immaculata."
Did the recent de-commitment of four-star running back Desmond Scott have anything to do with Brazinski's decision?
"No, I make decisions for myself and try not to let other things influence them," he said. "His decision has nothing to do with mine."
And is there any school in particular he'd like to hear from or receive an offer from that hasn't yet?
"Notre Dame would be cool, especially since my teammate (running back Theo Riddick) is committed there and talks about it all the time," he said. "It's a small, private Catholic school setting and great football. They showed some interest but never offered or anything. But I'm open to anyone who is interested honestly. I'm starting over."
As a junior, Brazinski was named first team all-league, first team all-conference and first team all-area as well as third team all-state AP.