Roselle’s large Catholic cliff, Cliff Omoruyi, had been to Rutgers several times in the past, but Wednesday night’s visit to the RAC was different.
Halfway through the second half of the Scarlet Knights game against Indiana, while the game was in a media timeout, the student section of Rutgers began a song aimed at the 4-star recruitment target with 2020 priority for Roselle Catholic.
“We want Cliff! We want Cliff! “
Soon, the whole RAC was singing it, with a Scarlet Knights staff member waving fans. As the chants grew to their most intense point, Omoruyi rose to his feet and recognized the crowd, receiving a hoarse welcome.
“It was fantastic,” Omoruyi told NJ Advance Media. “They caught me off guard with that.”
Wednesday was the third time Omoruyi visited the RAC this season. He also sat behind Rutgers ‘bench during Scaron Knights’ demolition of rival Seton Hall earlier this season, as well as a convincing win over UMass in November.
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He was greeted by Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano, who approached him and shook his hand after arriving at RAC during the break.
“He shook my hand and told me to stay home because the fan loves me,” said Omoruyi of Schiano’s message.
On Wednesday, Omoruyi saw a strong defensive effort and some lobings against the great men of the Scarlet Knights – two areas of the game in which he excels.
“I like it,” he said. “From lobsters to great defense. Pretty good.”
Omoruyi has included the Scarlet Knights on a list of the last five schools he is considering in his recruitment earlier this week, along with Arizona State, Kentucky, Auburn and UConn.
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