Hayes locked down his position during the camp, and Rutgers coach Kyle Flood locked down a commitment shortly thereafter.
“Everything I know about Rutgers so far is great,” Hayes said. “Their coaches are good people. It’s in the Big Ten. I’m definitely excited.”
Hayes did not expect to commit, or even receive an offer, but the 6-foot-2 athlete did both during his time on campus.
“I was shocked,” Hayes said. “I talked to coach Flood and I was excited. He said that I fit their prototype. I’m big, long, good hops, footwork. I’m fundamentally strong. They liked that.
“I’m very proud of it. I thank God. I work a lot. I work hard for it, so it’s good, but I wasn’t expecting to get an offer like this. I’m proud.”
“It was good competition,” he said. “I put in some good work and I got good coaching. That’s why I went.
Defensive coordinator Joe Rossi impressed Hayes as well.
“I like him,” Hayes said. “They’re energetic. They’re good coaches. They’d pull me aside and teach me some things. I also talked to [Nadir Barnwell] about playing corner there.”
Hayes first visited Rutgers in April.
“I saw the spring game, and I know it’s a good education,” Hayes said. “I know they have a history of putting players in the league."
Hayes also reeled in a Maine offer during Saturday’s camp, and holds offers from ODU and Morgan State.