Those big-time performances have led to a slew of coast schools looking to land the blossoming frontcourt post prospect. In addition to La Salle, Smith mentioned Marquette, St. Joseph's, Providence and a bunch of CAA, Atlantic 10, and Big East schools are all vying for Rutledge's services. When asked if Rutledge has a leader, Smith declined to name one. "He has about 5 or 6 schools at the top of his list now". Rutledge has visited St. Joseph's, Providence, Marquette, and Xavier unofficially.
Rutledge stood just 6"2 a couple of years ago. Now at 6"8, Smith took a moment to describe him as a player today. "He is a highly skilled power forward who can play multiple positions but is best suited as a power forward. He has long arms, very strong, and can defend bigger players. He needs to better defend players off the dribble" Smith said when asked about what part of his game he needs to improve for the next level. Rutledge has been averaging 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks per game during summer play. He is looking to take all of his visits and make a fall decision according to Smith.