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The 6-foot, 190-pound Mickens was offered Thursday, and he will be at Rutgers' junior day Saturday. And, he acknowledged, the trip will have a different tenor now that he holds an offer.
"I want to meet coach (Chris) Ash, and (tour) around the school," Micken said. "I want to learn about their economics program, because that is what I want to major in. I'm very excited to go up and tour around the school."
And what does the offer represent?
"It means everything to me," Mickens said. "I've been working hard day-in and day-out, and I've been looking forward to an offer. I just didn't know who it was going to come from until (Thursday). I appreciate it a lot."
While it seems like the offer came out of nowhere, Rutgers was tracking Mickens for a while. It became serious in the last few days.
"A couple days before, (Prep) coach (Rich Hansen) told me I was so close to getting a Rutgers offer," Mickens said. "Before they offered me, he said coach Ash was going to call me and I was all excited. A couple minutes later coach Ash called and offered me.