What happened with Biruta's official visit?

A week before the regular season was to tip off, Rutgers was preparing to host St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) forward Gilvydas Biruta on an official visit. Previously, Biruta said Maryland was his leader, but the visit was to give the Scarlet Knights a chance to make up ground. So, what happened during the weekend? Did Biruta go on his visit? Find out here.

Rutgers chance to land St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) forward Gilvydas Biruta may have actually improved late last week when a last-minute paperwork issue kept the 6-foot-8, 220-pounder from making his official visit to the school over the weekend.

Biruta said Rutgers didn't receive his NCAA identification number in time for the visit to take place. The number is used to verify a student-athlete is register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (former the Clearinghouse) and is necessary for a recruit to take an official visit.

"I didn't go to the trip because they got my NCAA ID number too late,'' Biruta said. "I don't know what is going to happen.''

It wasn't until Biruta was readying for the trip Friday that he received word he could not take it. Biruta was hoping to commit to a school and sign a national letter of intent this month, and last week he told ScarletReport.com that Rutgers trailed in his recruitment.

With only one weekend remaining before St. Benedict's begins practice, Biruta said that isn't enough time to make a decision and he would likely hold off on making a decision until the late signing period after the season, which gives the Scarlet Knights and coach Fred Hill time to make up ground.

Biruta said St. Benedict's coach Dan Hurley doesn't want him taking an official visit during the season.

"I have only one weekend left and my coach is thinking about my visit to Maryland,'' Biruta said. "They (the Scarlet Knights' staff) want me to go there next weekend. My coach is working on that.''

Where does Biruta want to go next weekend?

"I want to go Maryland,'' he said. "I'm disappointed (in having the visit canceled), but Rutgers is close. There's more opportunity to go to Rutgers than Maryland during the season.

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