WVSports.com, a member of the Rivals network, is reporting tonight that junior college standout Dominic Rutledge has given Bob Huggins and West Virginia a verbal commitment. If that name sounds familiar to Saint Joseph's fans, it should. Rutledge was, at one time, committed to the Hawks. The 6'8 forward from Edison Job Corps (NJ) was a 2008 SJU signee, but did not meet NCAA Clearinghouse requirements out of high school. Since that point, Rutledge has bounced around a few junior colleges, and is now playing at West Texas State Junior College. According to WVSports, Rutledge will have two years of eligibility remaining upon graduation in May.
Another former Hawk commit, Harcum Junior College forward David Bruce, was also linked to the Mountaineers. In an article linked here , Bruce mentions his interest in West Virginia. He also lists Xavier and Iowa as schools of interest. Whether Rutledge's commitment has an impact on David is yet to be seen. The fact that both could former SJU recruits could end up in the frontcourt together at West Virginia is certainly a strange turn of events.