Beachwod (Ohio) wing Maishe Dailey is well aware of the Rutgers losing streak and struggle coach Eddie Jordan faces to start off 2016. But where the casual fan sees frustration, Dailey sees opportunity and a potential bright Big Ten future.
Dailey had Rutgers ahead after his official visit for the loss to Nebraska, and made his commitment official Saturday because of the fight he saw in a loss to No. 9 Iowa on Thursday night.
"I see the future," Dailey said. "With all of the injured players they have and the transfer from Kansas State, Nigel Johnson, they have a lot of heart. If [Peter] Jok from Iowa didn't have the hot start that he had, Rutgers could have pulled that off with seven players. I just feel like there's a lot of success ahead for Rutgers. ... It made it an easier decision. They never gave up and always went hard no matter what the score was. I really liked that."
Dailey and his family grew tired of the recruiting process and unwanted stress, so a Rutgers commitment felt right after conversation this week with assistant coach Dalip Bhatia.
"It was a gut feeling," Dailey said. "Rutgers was the right fit for me with the location and the opportunity to play my freshman year and how comfortable I felt during my official visit. It was a lot of weight off my shoulders. I was really stressed the last couple of weeks with all of the pressure of my college decision and the expectations of my season. It feels like I can really have fun and enjoy the rest of my senior year now. Coach Jordan and coach Dalip were ecstatic. Coach Jordan said he did cartwheels across the room."
The 6-foot-6 Dailey could play the two or three for Rutgers and joins Jahlil Tripp in the 2016 recruiting class.
"They have a really good academic school," Dailey said. "Talking to coach Dalip, he talked about how good it feels to get his Rutgers degree because he went there himself. So did coach Jordan. I'm really excited about everything with Rutgers."