After flipping back and forth the last few days, Waithe gave a non-binding oral commitment to Arkansas on Thursday afternoon.
"I think it was a very tough decision for him,'' Tallahassee coach Eddie Barnes said. "He narrowed it down to both of those schools, and it turned out to be a very tough decision. I think he felt Arkansas was a better fit.''
According to Barnes, Waithe notified Arkansas in the late afternoon. He then called Rutgers coach Fred Hill to break the news to him.
Waithe was a prep start at Sir Wilfrid Laurier (Scarborough, Ont), and committed to Rutgers. But he did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements, and enrolled at the Florida junior college. He averaged 18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds as a freshman at Tallahassee Community College.
Rutgers, which is yet to get a commitment for the 2010 class, is hoping to land guard Austin Carroll of Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.