Rutgers signs three high school recruits

St. John's wasn't the only local Big East school to have a big day on Wednesday, the opening day of college basketball's early signing period.

New coach Mike Rice officially welcomed three new players into the fold starting next season: Myles Mack, Mike Taylor and Greg Lewis.

Mack -- a 5-foot-10 point guard from St. Anthony in Jersey City -- is ranked the No. 15 point guard and No. 84 player overall in the country in his class, according to ESPN's rankings.

Taylor -- a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Boys & Girls High School in Brooklyn -- is ranked the No. 55 shooting guard in the country, and Lewis -- a 6-foot-9 center from Baltimore -- is ranked the No. 14 center in the country.

"We are very excited to welcome Greg, Myles and Mike into the program," said Rice. "Not only are they talented basketball players, they are quality young men who will help us build a foundation for the future. We look forward to a recruiting class that Rutgers and its fans will be proud of."

Rutgers has received verbal commitments from four other players in the Class of 2011. Their class as currently constructed is ranked the 11th-best recruiting class in the country right now, according to ESPN.