Rutgers football gained another commitment from a New Jersey recruit for the class of 2017, as Wayne Hills wide receiver Tyler Hayek pledged to head coach Chris Ash on campus. Hayek is at Rutgers for today's passing camp. The news came out after Hayek announced on twitter late Saturday morning.
Hayek is a big receiver at 6'4" and 185 lbs, who should bulk up even more after strength and conditioning coach Kenny Parker begins working with him. About his decision to commit to Rutgers, he said this to Adam Ballitico of 247 sports:
"Rutgers felt like home. I was comfortable with the coaching staff there, I loved the facilities, and there was a desire to stay home and represent my home state."
Hayek also plays safety in high school, but it appears he will stick to wide receiver at Rutgers. He has the height and ability to be a big red zone target, which is certainly a need with the 6'6" Carlton Agudosi about to enter his last season. According to 247 sports, Hayek also held offers from Army, Stony Brook, and Robert Morris.
While Hayek is not currently rated by any recruiting services, he has the potential to be a steal for Ash and offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer. He is the type of versatile, athletic player that they want for the spread offense.
Hayek joins fellow wide receiver recruits Bo Melton, Everett Wormley, and Bryce Watts. With all three receivers being no taller than 6'1", Hayek adds another dynamic to the wide receiver core Rutgers has secured so far in this recruiting cycle. Rutgers currently has 14 commitments for the class of 2017, with 12 being from New Jersey. Fencing the garden indeed!
Click here for multiple highlights of Hayek. Welcome to the banks Tyler!