Ayres Plans Weekend Rutgers Visit

Wicomico (Salisbury, Md.) running back Dontea Ayres has a visit to Rutgers planned this weekend for a spring practice. Ayres holds multiple BCS scholarship offers and already has a connection to the Rutgers program.

Even in the week when Rutgers was without a head coach, Wicomico (Salisbury, Md.) running back Dontea Ayres kept in contact with the program through former teammate Wayne Warren.

Warren, a star quarterback at Wicomico, is now a top safety in the Rutgers program. He played a key role in getting Ayres to plan a visit to Piscataway, said Wicomico assistant coach Pat McGlinchey.

"I should be taking up to Rutgers this weekend now," McGlinchey said. "He was invited to practice."

Warren keeps in contact with Ayres and speaks highly of the Scarlet Knights, McGlinchey said.

"Wayne is probably his biggest recruiter up at Rutgers," he said. "With the coaching change, we didn't hear much for a while, but Dontea told me last week that he wants to come up to see Wayne and meet the staff. Wayne has been great."

Ayres holds offers from Duke, West Virginia, Northwestern and Rutgers. He visited Durham, N.C. to see Duke last week and will take other visits this spring. North Carolina and Georgia Tech have also expressed interest.

Ayres plans to take his time in recruiting, McGlinchey said, and has no leaders.

"I think any school, honestly, has a chance because I think he's one of those kids who's going to go to school and just meet the coaching staff and it will pop right out for him," McGlinchey said. "He's going to go to a school where he's just going to feel comfortable and say, ‘this is the place.'"

Ayres plays a limited role on special teams and defense for Wicomico, but stars as the feature back of the offense.

"I think they like the work ethic," McGlinchey said. "Whether it's in the classroom, on the field or in the weight room, he doesn't like to lose. He's competitive in that way. He's not the type of player that gets really down on himself or anything. If he comes in second or third or whatever it is, he strives to be the better one the next time around. That goes for the classroom or anything.

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