Farrell Earns Rutgers Offer After SCT Title

Point Pleasant (N.J.) Beach guard Matt Farrell is unlikely to forget his Saturday any time soon. Shortly after winning the SCT title with 25 points, the 2014 guard received an in-person scholarship offer from Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan.

Rutgers is technically filled up at the scholarship level, but that will not stop coach Eddie Jordan from adding as much 2014 talent as possible heading into the Big Ten.

Jordan, alongside assistants Kyle Triggs and Van Macon, saw Point Pleasant (N.J.) Beach guard Matt Farrell in-person Saturday and saw enough to extend a scholarship offer. Farrell, who was scouted by Triggs two weeks ago, is a 6-foot-1 scorer that has strong interest in the Scarlet Knights.

"For the couple of minutes that I've gotten to talk to coaches, I've liked Rutgers," Farrell said. "I like what they thought of my game and what the important things were. It's close to home, where everybody can come see me. I definitely like that. Growing up, I've been around Rutgers basketball and everyone in New Jersey has, so it's a pretty unique place. We'll see."

Farrell received the visit and offer from the Rutgers staff less than four hours after the Scarlet Knights came back from 15 points down to beat South Florida at home. The offer came shortly after a 25-point performance in the SCT title game.

"It's a big day for us," Farrell said. "We wanted to make school history. Our school has never done it. That was definitely big for us, and then I got to meet coach Jordan after the game and talk to him for a little bit. That was definitely exciting."

Farrell was once bound for Boston College before a de-commitment. He is now considering Rutgers, alongside St. Joseph's, Monmouth, Fordham, Providence and others. Farrell has recent interest from Notre Dame and Creighton as well.

"It's picked up pretty crazy recently," he said. "I've gotten a couple of late offer. … It's a good feeling to know that they offered me and they have confidence in me."

The Big Ten Conference released its 2014-15 basketball schedule earlier this week, which includes Rutgers home games against Ohio State, Maryland, Indiana and Michigan.

For Farrell, the quality of competition offered at Rutgers is a positive selling point.

"It's a blessing that I'll have opportunities to play at such a high level," he said. "It's definitely very cool. It's definitely a great conference. All of those conferences up there are very good. The A-10 is tremendous this year. It's very cool to have schools interested in you."

Farrell plans to take as much time as he needs before making a decision, and some of recruiting will have to wait until his playoff run ends. Point Pleasant Beach hit 23-1 on the season with its title Saturday, and has more to go.

"It's picked up recently and it just keeps picking up," Farrell said. "I wouldn't say I really have a timetable of making a decision. I want to make it as soon as I can, but I'm not going to rush anything. I'm going to keep weighing out my options. I don't really have any favorites."

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