The recognition comes less than two months after Hafley joined the Scarlet Knights staff from Pittsburgh, and speaks to his power in building relationships.
After Hafley's hire, the Scarlet Knights quickly gained a commitment from four-star athlete Miles Shuler of Long Branch (N.J.) High. After making the commitment, Shuler said Hafley's hiring "had a great impact" on his decision.
Hafley teamed with Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck to recruit Shuler, and Hafley was also involved in recruiting Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) running back Paul Canevari and quarterback Gary Nova, who originally committed to Pittsburgh. Rutgers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, another former Pittsburgh assistant, was also instrumental in Nova's recruitment.
Hafley also helped recruit four-star defensive tackle Marquise Wright of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic and three-star Woodbridge (N.J.) High defensive end Max Issaka, both of whom originally committed to Pittsburgh.
USC's Ed Orgeron was named the national recruiter of the year.
Here are the 2011 Scout.com/FoxSports.com Conference Recruiters of the Year:
ACC: Sam Pittman, North Carolina
Big East: Jeff Hafley, Rutgers
Big Ten: Luke Fickell, Ohio State
Big Twelve: Robert Prunty, Texas Tech
Conference USA: Adrian Klemm, SMU
MAC: Jason Candle, Toledo
Mountain West: Justin Fuente, TCU
Pac-12: Tosh Lupoi, California
SEC: Tommy Thigpen, Auburn
Sun Belt: Eric Mathies, Western Kentucky
WAC: Keith Williams, Fresno State
Independents: Bob Diaco, Notre Dame