The busy weekend for Rutgers recruiting continues on.
Just five days after committing to Holy Cross, Hunter Hayek de-committed and opened his recruitment back up. Four days later, he becomes the 22nd member of the Class of 2017.
Knighted ⚔ pic.twitter.com/yDa2PRC6cV— Hunter Hayek (@HunterHayek) January 29, 2017
Hunter Hayek, the twin brother of six-foot-four, 185 pound commit Tyler, has gone mostly overlooked by Division 1 programs due to his smaller frame. However, standing at just five-foot-eleven and 175 pounds did not stop Hunter from being a playmaker all season long throughout his senior year at Wayne Hills.
Capable of playing all over the field on both offense and defense, Hayek amassed over 1,200 total yards and 15 touchdowns of offense while chipping in five interceptions and two sacks on defense.
Rutgers University would most likely not have been an option for Hayek if not for the hiring of offensive coordinator Jerry Kill. In a recent interview with Rutgers 247, Hayek reveals the Kill sees him as a “Wes Welker-type”.
While Hunter Hayek will likely need the benefit of a year on campus to prepare his body to compete at the D1 level, his combination of speed of versatility could lend well for Hayek when fighting for playing time early on in his Rutgers career.
However Hayek goes on to contribute for Rutgers over the next 4 years, he will always be known for his role in one of the most dramatic finishes in NJSIAA championship game history. A left-handed throw back off of a hand off, a block from his brother, and a fourth down scramble from Devera to keep the drive alive in overtime. All can be seen here.
The addition of Hunter Hayek is an interesting one just a few days away from National Signing Day, but with a little time spent with the coaching staff and some seasoning on the practice field, this could go on to be one of the most underrated signings of the year.
Welcome to the banks, Hunter!
Check out his senior year highlights below: