Losing recruits is a fact of life for all college coaches, even ones such as John Calipari. But it’s not every day that Rutgers University swoops in and snags a top-50 prospect.
One-time Kentucky prospect and four-star center Cliff Omoruyi has announced on social media that he intends to join the Scarlet Knights. The 6-foot-10 high school senior is ranked as the 41st prospect in the class of 2020, according to 247Sports. He’ll head to Rutgers as the program’s highest rated recruit since Mike Rosario back in 2008.
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— Bigcliff77 (@wizcliff77) March 29, 2020
Omoruyi previously cut Kentucky out of his list earlier in March, ultimately choosing between Rutgers, Arizona State, and Auburn.
Rutgers is located in New Jersey, not far from Omoruyi’s current high school, Roselle Catholic (NJ). The Scarlet Knights have reportedly been on him since his debut on the high school circuit and he highlights their latest recruiting class. Rutgers finished with a 20-11 record in 2019-20 under fourth-year head coach Steve Pikiell, marking the first time since the 2005-06 season the program posted a winning record. Had the postseason not been canceled, Rutgers might have made the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991.
Omoruyi once said that Kentucky was his “dream school”, now he’s dreaming of turning around a historically bad basketball program.