Regardless of what happens with five-star big man Jarrett Allen, the Texas Longhorns will have to keep searching for help in the frontcourt after San Jacinto CC forward Candido Sa committed to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Thursday, according to multiple reports.
The Texas staff went to Houston last week to evaluate the 6'9, 215-pound native of Portugal and Sa was set to visit Austin on Friday. However, head coach Shaka Smart decided to push back that visit for unknown reasons and Sa decided to end his recruitment as a result.
"I chose Rutgers because I have people there that I consider family, Shoes [Rutgers assistant coach Greg Vetrone] and Shaq [Doorson]," Sa told SNY.tv. "I went to visit two weeks ago and I loved it. I'm really close with Shaq so I have been watching a lot of Rutgers games these past two seasons which helped a lot on the decision. I think I have a chance to contribute right away. I bring versatility and shot blocking ability. I can play and guard multiple positions."
Like the Longhorns, the Scarlet Knights are short on scholarship players, so it's possible that Sa saw the potential for more early playing time in Brunswick than he did in Austin. It's also possible that Texas found another target that the staff prefers to Sa.
In addition to the continued pursuit of Allen, which may have took a hit on Thursday with the report that Men's Basketball Director of Operations Jai Lucas is expected to take a job as an assistant at TCU, Smart is continuing to pursue Duquesne graduate transfer forward LG Gill, though he has not yet set up a visit.