Justin Goode of Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy made his verbal commitment Sunday with plans of signing his Letter of Intent this week at the start of the early signing period.
"It's definitely a lot of stress off, and I'm excited to be a part of the Rutgers family," Goode said. "The basketball part and playing for coach Jordan is going to be great. I really liked his coaching style. I feel like he really cares for his players along with the rest of the staff there. The academics played a big part in my decision. It can't just be about basketball. The academics as well made it a perfect fit for me."
Goode has his sights set on the Rutgers business program, and plans on bringing a shooting edge to the Scarlet Knights when he enrolls for the 2015-16 season.
"Definitely shooting," Goode said on what he brings to Rutgers. "That's what I do. Most people would describe me as a shooter, and that's what I'm going to do."
The 6-foot-2 guard joins four-star point guard Corey Sanders and Hargrave teammate Kejuan Johnson in the 2015 class.
"I'm definitely excited," Goode said. "It's going to be a plus to have a guy that I know is a great player. I know how he plays, so it's good to have him alongside."
Goode reclassified to Hargrave for the chance at big-time basketball, and plans to sign with a Big Ten team Wednesday alongside Johnson.
"It's going to feel great," Goode said. "I can't wait. ... I've always been told I couldn't be a Division 1 player. Even if I did, I was going to be a backup. It's definitely big, me going on a scholarship to a Big Ten school -- especially Rutgers. It means a lot to us."