Rosario Hopes To Get Ball Rolling For RU

Fred Hill's Rutgers program nabbed a Top 100 prospect that is critical to kicking off their recruiting season.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights received excellent news last week. Shortly before the unofficial beginning of the traveling team season, Fred Hill's charges locked up a key recruit.

Mike Rosario, ranked No. 99 by, committed to the program after looking at ACC and Big East options. The 6-foot-1 standout was a key cog in Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony's machine last year.

Now Rosario is set to be the leader of what Rutgers hopes will be a productive group of 2008 recruits. "We're trying to recruit Devin Ebanks and Samardo Samuels to play (at Rutgers)," Rosario said. "We want them to play with Corey Chandler, me and Mike Coburn."

Hill's pitch to Rosario was simplistic: stay home, play a lot and help get the program back on track. "I thought Rutgers was the best place for me. I wanted to stay at home and play with guards from New Jersey.

"I think (my commitment) shows other kids what (Rutgers) is doing. Hopefully they'll see it and want to come. They'll get to see the kind of person I am on and off the court and want to come play at Rutgers."

Rosario said his high school coach, Bob Hurley, signed off on the decisions and saw its benefits. "He said it was a good decision. He said I'll get to play there and he'll be able to come see some of my games."

Rutgers assistant coach Darren Savino graduated from St. Anthony's in 1989.

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