Hyman Recaps Rutgers Training Camp Visit

St. John Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.) wide receiver Ishmael Hyman was one of the few 2013 uncommitted prospects on the Rutgers campus Saturday for the open fan practice. Hyman has double digit verbal scholarship offers but is focused on just a handful going into his senior season.

St. John Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.) 2013 wide receiver Ishmael Hyman came to Rutgers with a strong comfort level, but had not seen a training camp practice before Saturday's visit for the open scrimmage.

Impressed with what he saw, Hyman was most excited to watch redshirt freshman quarterback Mike Bimonte. Bimonte, who hails from nearby Manalapan High, threw with Hyman over the summer and the two are building a relationship.

"Bimonte, he has a really good arm, so it was great to work out with him," Hyman said. "He has a really good arm. Some people were saying he's inconsistent, but I didn't see that at all. He didn't throw any bad balls. He was on-point the whole day I worked out with him."

Another Manalapan Brave, 2014 wide receiver Saeed Blacknall visited with Hyman. Blacknall projects as a top receiver in New Jersey next season and holds three verbal scholarship offers, including Rutgers.

"It was really good to come with him because I definitely want him to be my teammate," Hyman said. "Wherever I go, I definitely want him to be there. We've been friends for so long and I know he's a great football player. It was good to go with him and talk about what we liked and stuff and talking to the coaches at the same time."

In addition to watching workout partner Bimonte, Hyman had his eyes on other speedy receivers like junior Quron Pratt and sophomore Miles Shuler.

"I liked it a lot," Hyman said. "I got to watch the receivers do all the drills before practice and what they do on the field during individual periods. I got to see them go against the defense and I got to see them scrimmage. I liked seeing that. It was an eye-opener."

Hyman spent the afternoon with other recruits and meeting with the coaching staff. He is friendly with Rutgers commit Anthony Cioffi and got to know others like defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph.

"I had fun," Hyman said. "I just chilled with the recruits and some commits and played video games in that lounge. All of the players came in and hung out after they took pictures. It felt like home. I felt comfortable. It was a good time."

Hyman, who recently lit it up at a Georgia skills camp, is focused on Rutgers, Georgia, Purdue and Kansas heading into training camp.

Though he feels most comfortable at Rutgers, he does not feel the need to rush a decision and is waiting to hear more from Georgia about a scholarship offer.

"[Rutgers offensive coordinator Dave Brock] told me not to rush anything," Hyman said. "They love me here, but they want me to be sure about my decision or anything. ... I'm going to take my time and enjoy the process."


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