Cliff Omoruyi commits to Rutgers in massive recruiting win
If not for the coronavirus pandemic, Steve Pikiell would have led Rutgers to its first NCAA Tournament since 1991. That success is now starting to pay off with top recruits.
On Sunday, the Scarlet Knights pulled off one of their biggest victories on the recruiting trail in years, landing top-40 big man Cliff Omoruyi, a 6-foot-10 shot-blocking in-state menace from Roselle Catholic. The talented forward picked Rutgers over Arizona State and Auburn, becoming the New Jersey school’s highest-rated recruit since Kadeem Jack in 2011.
“Rutgers and the coaching staff did an unbelievable job recruiting Cliff. They were the first high-major school on him and never wavered in their commitment to recruiting him,” Roselle Catholic coach Dave Boff said in a phone interview. “It was a great fit for Cliff at Rutgers, and I also think it shows where Rutgers’ program’s come in the last couple of years, that they are able to recruit kids at Cliff’s level and be able to get a commitment.”
Omoruyi, ranked 41st in his class by 247Sports.com, averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks per game this year for Roselle Catholic, according to Boff, and should help improve Rutgers’ stifling defense. Even before this commitment, hopes were high for Rutgers next season, with the core of Geo Baker, Montez Mathis, Ron Harper Jr. and Myles Johnson all set to return. Now the expectations will be even higher.
Source : Zach Braziller Link