It’s not as if he fell off the face of the earth, but still you had to wonder what it was like for Paul Hewitt as he went on the road recruiting at George Mason for the first time after spending 11 seasons at Georgia Tech.

Paul Hewitt can keep his collection of gold ties as he tries to recruit players to his new school, George Mason . (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Hewitt no longer can promise the glitz of the ACC. Now he must sell recruits on the competitiveness of the CAA.

Still, the first summer recruiting period at his new job was “no different” than it was in the past, Hewitt said.

“People have been great,” Hewitt said. “This is my 21st year on the road. We’ll see how it shakes out in the fall, but so far people have been really, really positive and excited about us recruiting their players.

“You can’t tell until they give you commitments, but I do think there are people with a very high level of interest.”

Hewitt returned to the Washington area this past Friday for the first time in nearly a month. He coached the USA Basketball under-19 team that lost in the quarterfinals of the world championships, then went straight to North Augusta, S.C., and Milwaukee for travel-team tournaments.