Timing can be interesting at times. Rutgers saw a top-ranked local player go off the board today with Immaculata (why does RU never seem to get their players when the school is so close by) DT Tashawn Bower committed to Auburn. That may have been behind the decision to offer Eric Wiafe, but other reports cite his standout performance at a local big man camp.
That's fine. What's a little unnerving though are Wiafe's comments about being a "medium" verbal commit and still wanting to take visits. Dude. This is your first decent offer. If you want to wait, then wait. Committing in name only just to hold a spot might as well be no commitment at all. Come on, get serious man.
This is why I can't really get on any player who seems to be dragging the decision process out. Some people just need to be sure, and while it's frustrating, that's certainly their right. Something like this is definitely higher on the irksome scale. Still, Rutgers saw fit to jump on Wiafe almost immediately, so I hope things work out and he can grow into his potential.
Besides the odd comments, some fans certainly will be upset about missing out on another big local target. Rutgers is definitely doing well with the mid-level guys who are the bread and butter of the program every year, but RU has struggled with most top local prospects (there are still a few good ones left who are possibilities if not likely to Rutgers), which is understandable given the results of the past few months. Rutgers needs to win under Kyle Flood, and that will work itself out in time, but it's definitely an issue until the program can demonstrate some stability again. Getting to the point of the past few years where Rutgers turned into a destination for elite prospects did not happen over night.