2015 Wing Burnette Commits to Rutgers

Rutgers basketball landed its first 2015 commitment Wednesday night in the form of wing Austin Burnette out of Raleigh (N.C.) Cardinal Gibbons High School. Burnette made the call early in the recruiting process after a successful visit to campus sealed the deal.

Austin Burnette returned home from a Rutgers visit a month ago but has been unable to stop talking about the Scarlet Knights and head coach Eddie Jordan. Stunned by a visit to campus for a football game with his family, the Raleigh (N.C.) Cardinal Gibbons High School 2015 wing made his commitment.

"I'm very excited," he said. "I like the school. I like the staff, the facilities. I went up for a football game and I'm very excited. It was a good, open environment."

Burnette held offers from UNC Charlotte, Western Carolina and Kennesaw State. VCU, Elon, Miami and N.C. State were also involved in his recruitment.

After conversations with his family, he decided to pull the trigger and become the first member of the Rutgers class of 2015.

"It was a feeling of excitement," said Theo Burnette, his father. "Since he finished up his visit, he couldn't stop talking about it. We asked him if he'd like to go see other places and see if he had the same feeling, but he knew he was ready to make a decision. He wanted to make the phone call. He was so excited. We're all excited for him and behind him 100 percent with Rutgers. Everything feels right about Rutgers. His mother and I are 100 percent excited about this."

Burnette checks in at 6-foot-6, 175 pounds and could play the three or four for Rutgers depending on how much he grows. Burnette is set to begin his junior season at Cardinal Gibbons and is also a member of the GRBC AAU squad.

"I think Rutgers is the best fit for him," Theo Burnette said. "I think coach Jordan does a good job developing their players in that system. We think he fits in the system they said he's going to run. He'll be able to thrive in it."

Rutgers, which has eight players leaving between now and 2015, plans to have a large recruiting class with Burnette as the first piece. Burnette will get the chance to play early and be a key face in Jordan's third season as head coach and second in the Big Ten.

"It's exciting to be a part of Rutgers," Burnette said. "We're thrilled for this."

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