The dynamic 6-foot-4, 190-pound Rivers had previously committed to Temple, but recently told the staff there he would not be coming. He's now down to Buffalo and Syracuse and remains torn between the two, his coach said Saturday.
"This kid, he is [stumped]. He can't make up his mind," Lackawanna coach Bruce Lakso said of Rivers, a two-star prospect who also drew interest from Pitt, Penn State, Boston College and N.C. State.
Syracuse assistant Chris White has been in frequent contact with Rivers, as have coaches from UB, and both sides expect a decision within the next few days. Syracuse coaches also have attended some of his recent basketball games – he led his team to a state title in hoops last season – and it's seemingly coming down to the big fish/small fish-in-the-pond dilemma.
"Syracuse is definitely in the mix," said Lakso, who doesn't try to hide the fact that he'd like to see Rivers at SU, but is not pushing him one way or another. "To go play at Syracuse, with that quality of competition and be on ESPN … I think they play Notre Dame next year … would be great."
He visited Syracuse a few weeks ago.
"Marcus came away impressed and so did coach White and coach Robinson, so they offered him," Lakso said.
Rivers has the size and athleticism to be quite a catch, especially considering he's somehow flown under the radar for the most part.
"He brings to the table speed and athletic ability. He's able to jump up and get the ball. He has excellent hands and ability to stop on a dime," he said of Rivers, who ran a 10.8-second 100-meter dash and earned all Western New York honors on the gridiron.
"We're just scratching the surface with him."