Recruiting: Leroy Butts Shuns Rutgers in Favor of Rhode Island; RU Looks Elsewhere

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Leroy Butts will not be coming to Piscataway in 2015 as many had hoped. Eddie Jordan, never one to stay idle, has turned up his recruiting efforts elsewhere.

On June 23, Class of 2015 forward Leroy Butts rescinded his verbal commitment to Rutgers and reopened his recruitment. Rutgers was still said to be among his top choices, but a de-commitment usually means more appealing offers are on the table.

Butts didn't stay on the market for long, as it took just one week for him to find a new home: The University of Rhode Island. He reportedly followed former Rutgers assistant and key recruiter David Cox to URI, who is now a member of the Rams coaching staff. The 6'7" power forward leaves Eddie Jordan's once promising 2015 recruiting class looking a bit sketchier, but his recruiting efforts have redoubled in recent weeks to help prepare Rutgers for the very real possibility of Butts' taking his talents and awkward name elsewhere.

Jordan, never failing to live up to his "Fast" moniker, has been all over the recruiting trail lately.

Class of 2016 shooting guard Unique McLean picked up an offer from Rutgers last weekend. He currently holds offers from Boston University, Dayton, Detroit, Fordham, Siena, St. Francis and St. Peter's. He's extremely undersized for a 2, but is a tremendous scoring threat from all over the floor.

Omari Spellman, McLean's running mate on New York's Team Scan of the Nike EYBL circuit, also received a scholarship offer from Jordan this past week. The Class of 2016 forward is the No. 7 power forward according to 247Sport's composite rankings. Spellman really emphasizes the power aspect of his position, as he already stands 6'8" and 270 lbs. Heading into his junior season, he already possesses NBA size, and that's just something that can't be taught. Spellman currently holds 10 scholarship offers, with Villanova and Cincinnati the favorites to land the bulky forward.

Both of those offers are in addition to the recent signing of Shaquille Doorson on June 25.

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