During the spring evaluation period Rutgers was one of the many schools to visit Good Counsel, but the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Countess is unsure if the Scarlet Knights will send an offer.
"I have heard a lot from Rutgers, but I can't get a feel (if they are going to offer),'' Countess said. "Their coach (assistant Randy Melvin) came down to see me. I talk to him on the phone and we keep in contact. From what it seems like, they're very interested.
"I went up there two weekends in a row for camps (in February) and then the coach came down and saw me in person.''
While Countess waits to see if Rutgers will offer, he is starting to think about narrowing his list and making summer visits. If the Scarlet Knights offer, it could mean Countess visits the campus again.
Like so many other recruits this time of the spring, Countess is not listing any favorites.
"I'll narrow toward the end of summer,'' he said. "I'll probably make a top, then a top seven, then a top 5, and then I'll probably do my visits. I should have a top five by the time my senior year starts.''
Countess added each school is basically telling him the same thing, which is to visit the campus in the summer to get a better feel for the coaching staff, the school and the program.
And when it comes time to cut his list and focus on a handful or two of schools, Countess has a list of things he will look at in making his decisions.
"First and foremost, it's academics. I want to go to a good school,'' he said. "That's really what it's all about, the education.
"Second, I want to be comfortable with the atmosphere, the environment, the coaches, get the whole feel for the school.
"Third, it's playing time. I want to contribute as early as possible. I don't want to have to sit around and wait until my senior year.''