After looking like a long shot to even get a visit from 6-foot-5, 225-pound Maurice Aniefiok earlier this month, the Scarlet Knights will host the senior wing on an official visit beginning today.
However, he said his decision to still visit Rutgers demonstrates how serious he is about looking at the program.
"If I wasn't interested, I wouldn't take a visit," said Aniefiok, who is from Nigeria. "I don't know (of the interest) level until I take the visit. On the visits I am trying to find a place that I like. They called me late (in the process) so I don't know much about them."
The Scarlet Knights' decision to recruit Aniefiok came because of the uncertainty of signee Michael Taylor of Boys and Girls School (Brooklyn) heading to Rutgers. What was message board talk the last two months moved into the public mainstream earlier this week when it was revealed he would not be enrolling at Rutgers, but instead is looking at attending prep school.
That opened the way for Aniefiok, who is trying to develop a stronger relationship with the Scarlet Knights coaching staff, including coach Mike Rice and associate coach David Cox.
"I don't know much about them," Aniefiok said. "They say the normal things that a coach will say to a recruit that they're trying to recruit."
Aniefiok is also considering James Madison, another school he took an official visit to within the last month. But if Aniefiok is leaning one direction, he isn't giving any hints before making a decision after the weekend.
"I think I'm reserve my comments on that until I finish taking my visits," Aniefiok said. "Hopefully, I'll decide Monday. It will be Tuesday at the latest, but hopefully Monday."
He averaged 11 points and six rebounds a game for Huntington Prep.