Ayres Adds Offer, Does Rutgers Still Lead?

Wicomico (Salisbury, Md.) running back Dontea Ayres added an in-state offer this morning when Navy visited the school. Ayres recently named Rutgers his leader, but is that still the case when it comes to the physically imposing running back? Scout.com has the latest.

Wicomico (Salisbury, Md.) running back Dontea Ayres feels strongly about his new Navy offer and is excited to be recruited to be a Midshipman. But his spring game visit to Rutgers is still fresh in his mind and the Scarlet Knights still lead.

"Rutgers is still my leader," Ayres said. "I loved my last visit up there."

Ayres named Rutgers his leader after returning home from his second visit to campus. With former Wicomico star Wayne Warren on the roster and teammate Derrick Hayward also being recruited by the program, Ayres feels strongly about his connection to Rutgers.

"I was excited when [Rutgers] offered [Hayward]," Ayres said. "That's my cousin and we're teammates. Whenever you have one of your teammates have the same opportunity you have, it's a good feeling. Knowing we could go to the same school together is good."

Ayres and Hayward both added Navy offers today. Where some approach the military commitments at service academy schools with caution, the opportunities Navy provides are a major plus for the program in Ayres' recruitment.

As a powerful running back, Ayres fits the triple option scheme at Navy well.

"The thing I've liked about Navy for a while is, once you graduate from Navy, two weeks later they give you a job," Ayres said "That's a huge plus. You don't get that at any other place. After you graduate, you have a guaranteed job offer two weeks later. That's incredible."

Navy's campus is an hour away from Ayres' hometown.

"The thing about Navy, it's a program that's not like other people's programs," Ayres said. "Every Division I program is similar to another. The thing with Navy, they have something else to offer. They're unique."

Ayres has visits planned to West Virginia and Northwestern immediately after his school year at Wicomico ends. He has no visits scheduled after that and expects to narrow down his list after visiting most of the schools that have offered.

"I'm just talking to a lot of different coaches," Ayres said. "I'm talking to West Virginia a lot. I really like [cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts]. I talk with [Rutgers offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski a lot and coach [Kyle] Flood."

Ayres said a summer decision is ideal, but if new offers come in, he has no problem in slowing down the process.

Rutgers remains his leader, but Navy, Duke, Northwestern and West Virginia are all top schools of interest.

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