Of the six schools Tyler Roberson is considering, Rutgers is the lone school to which he will take an unofficial visit.
As the local, in-state school, Rutgers is close enough for him to have made an unofficial visit this weekend.
“It was fun,” the 6-foot-8 Roberson out of Roselle (N.J.) Catholic told SNY.tv Sunday.
“I went to the Midnight Madness and that was exciting. It was fun. There was a dunk contest [won by Vincent Garrett] and they scrimmaged a little bit.”
Roberson would be a huge get for head coach Mike Rice, who is still seeking his first commitment of the 2013 class.
“They would use me,” Roberson said. “I’ll make an impact with the team right away. They want me to play on the wing. They’ll use me in a lot of different ways on the court.”
He added: “It would be nice to go to a big school and stay home. I think it would be exciting to do something like that.”
RC coach Dave Boff added that Rice and his staff have been recruiting Roberson hard for some time and Tyler knows what the pitch is at this point.
“It’s of course going to be about the local aspect of the situation,” Boff said. “Going there and helping them build something that they’ve been trying to build for a while.”
Roberson’s teammate, 2015 shooting guard Malachi Richardson, also attended Rutgers’ Midnight Madness after he was unable to go to Maryland as originally planned.
“He had a family engagement after school so he ended up swinging by Rutgers,” Boff said.
As for Roberson, he has visited SMU and Syracuse officially and now has three straight officials set to Kansas (Oct. 19), Villanova (Oct. 26) and Kentucky (Nov. 2).
Asked if he was tired of all the travel, he said, “A little bit but I got Kansas coming up. Villanova is not too far away so that shouldn’t be too bad. The last one is Kentucky.
“It will be all over soon because I hope to make a decision in the fall. It will all be over soon.”
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