Four Standing Out to RB Ayres

Wicomico (Salisbury, Md.) running back Dontea Ayres has one trip to Rutgers under his belt and plans to return when given the opportunity. A high school friend of Rutgers safety Wayne Warren, Ayres broke down his thoughts on Rutgers and updated his recruitment.

Rutgers safety Wayne Warren initially convinced Wicomico (Salisbury, Md.) running back Dontea Ayres to visit campus, but once he arrived, the staff impressed him most.

Since an unofficial visit two weeks ago, Ayres remains high on Rutgers and lists the program as one of four standing out to him.

"[My visit] was a great experience, the coaching staff was great," Ayres said. "It was one of the best coaching staffs I've ever met. I loved watching them practice. It was a great experience.

"Coach (Kyle) Flood seemed like a very genuine coach. He was very upfront with me, very real. He is a great coach and someone I could see myself playing for."

Ayres became aware of a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers while on his unofficial visit and named Duke, West Virginia and Northwestern as the others standing out to him.

Seeking a balance of academics and team camaraderie, Ayres hopes to cut down to a top three this summer before taking official visits and deciding this winter.

"A great academic school, a great education is most important," Ayres said. "I want to know I can go there the next four or five years and know that I will leave with a great education and a chance to succeed in any category of life that I want."

Rutgers academics stood out during his visit, Ayres said. Warren, the former star quarterback at Wicomico, is upfront about the family atmosphere at Rutgers, Ayres said.

"He tells me it's like a family," Ayres said. "It's not just a program where you guy and hang out with your teammates. It's a closer bond than that at Rutgers. That's what I'm looking for too.

"Me and him train together a lot. He comes back home and we train together and we work hard. He looks better every time I see him. It's great to watch him and know he's happy where he is."

While at a Rutgers practice, Ayres was impressed by running backs coach Norries Wilson, a former head coach at one of the top academic programs in the country — Columbia.

"Coach Wilson is a really cool guy," Ayres said. "He seems like he knows what he's talking about. He's very educated, sophisticated, a great coach. I liked him at practice. You could see the running backs getting stronger during the practice by listening to his coaching." Ayres visited Duke the week before Rutgers and remains highly interested in the Blue Devils.

"It's a great academic school and I have a great relationship with their running backs coach," Ayres said. "We've been talking all the time since after the season. I enjoyed that visit too. It's another great school."

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