Cleanthony Early hasn't spent much time in his own bed these past few weeks. And that won't change this weekend once his plane pushes off from New York and heads down to San Diego.
But for Early, it's all part of the process. He's taken the long road to Division I basketball, having to spend a few years at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. first, so he knows a few days away from home will be more than worth the thousands of miles of travel.
"I'm a big believer in patience is a virtue," Early said. "I'm not going to get caught up in the location or the girls or anything. I'm going to take my time and see what's best for me."
Early, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward, has taken official visits to Washington State and Wichita State these past few weeks and is slated to take an official visit to San Diego State this weekend. He said he could also fill in his last two official visits with Alabama, Missouri or even Pittsburgh.
He just returned from his Wichita and Washington State trips a few days ago and said they went well.
"They were both pretty even," Early said of the visits. "They were cool."
Early said he will decide a school on how it feels when he visits. And he said one of the two schools he just went to had that feeling.
"I'm not going to say which one, but I've definitely felt that on one of my trips," he said.
Early, along with most Aztec fans, is hoping he can grab that feeling at SDSU this weekend as well. He's supposed to fly in sometime on Friday and is scheduled to play with the team, hang out with the coaches and catch SDSU's game against Cal Poly at Qualcomm Stadium this Saturday.
He already knows he likes head coach Steve Fisher and main recruiter Tony Bland, so he said he's excited for the trip.
"I know that coach Fisher has coached pros and that's definitely what I'm looking to do," Early said. "I feel like I've worked hard and if I continue to work hard I can do what I need to do to get me where I can be. So hopefully coach Fisher is that guy to give me that opportunity. I'm excited."