“It was good,” said Severe, the reigning New York Mr. Basketball. “He said he loves me. I could be his first recruit. He seemed like a good guy.”
Asked if Rutgers was now officially on a list that also includes Fordham, Pitt, West Virginia and Wake Forest, Severe said, “Yeah, you could say that. They’re in the back of my head.”
Myles Mack, Kadeem Jack and Wally Judge have all said they will stay and play for Jordan at Rutgers, but the new coach knows he must get out and recruit, potentially adding as many as six or seven scholarship players for next season to make up for the transfers.
“I’ve done recruiting seven of my eight years in college,” Jordan said at his press conference. “Recruiting is pretty much the same every school you go by. You have rules you have to abide by, you make your contacts, you keep plugging and plugging. That’s what recruiting is whether you’re at UCLA or Rutgers…“It’s about finding, identifying the top talent, which is not hard to do nowadays, and finding the people that fit what you want. Character is in there. When you look at how you build a good team, talent is always number one. Toughness is number two. Number three is character. Number four is experience.” Jordan, and the rest of the recruiting world, will find out on Wednesday at 2:30 whether his visit had any impact on Severe’s decision.