Ayres Names Rutgers as Leader

Wicomico (Salisbury, Md.) running back Dontea Ayres has a leader after visiting Rutgers for the spring game. Ayres took trips to three different schools during the spring and spoke about his latest visit to Rutgers and his new leader.

Wicomico (Salisbury, Md.) running back Dontea Ayres took his second visit to Rutgers in a month and left with the decision that the Scarlet Knights are his leader.

"Rutgers is my number one," Ayres said.

Ayres visited for the spring game with his head coach and a teammate and said his second visit exceeded his expectations.

"The environment was great," he said. "It was great to sit down and have a 1-on-1 conversation with Coach [Kyle] Flood and sit down with some of the other recruiters and watch some football. It was a great day."

In his meeting with Flood, the Rutgers head coach had a special message for Ayres.

"We talked about how he really wants me to be a part of Rutgers, a part of the program," Ayres said. "He told me I'm his guy.

"[That] is a great feeling because it makes you feel very special. It's really something that's hard to describe."

Rutgers safety Wayne Warren attended the same high school as Ayres and the two have become close. They work out together in the offseason and Ayres calls Warren a mentor.

"It's great watching one of your friends playing at the next level and knowing that you could be there too," Ayres said. "It was fun to watch my boy."

Warren makes it no secret he wants to see Ayres in a Rutgers uniform, but remains objective when giving him recruiting advice.

"He wants me to make a decision I'm happy with," Ayres said. "Obviously he's kind of recruiting me to Rutgers, but he went through the same process in high school and knows how it works. You have to find the school that fits for you."

Ayres decided after returning home from his visit that Rutgers was his leader.

"Rutgers is in really strong consideration right now," Ayres said. "I feel really comfortable there, but I'm not ready to make a decision yet. I want to take more visits."

Ayres will use the summer to visit more schools on his offer sheet after seeing Duke, Rutgers and West Virginia.

"I've only seen about a quarter of my offers," Ayres said. ‘It's too early to narrow down my list. Everyone is still in it."

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