Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise defensive back Damon Hayes remains committed to Rutgers after an official visit to Boston College but the weekend experienced changed his outlook heading into National Signing Day.
“I’m still committed to Rutgers but it’s going to be hard at the end of the day,” Hayes said. “Going into Boston College blind, I was just trying to explore my other options and it was a good time. My mom wanted to stay a little longer. I’m still committed but we’ll see how it goes.”
Hayes received a welcome surprise Friday when he arrived on campus to see former Rutgers receivers coach Anthony Campanile.
“I’d never been to Boston before in my life and I’d never met most of the coaches,” Hayes said/. “Anthony Campanile from Rutgers is the DB coach out there now and I didn’t know that until I got there. We’ve always had a good relationship. I wasn’t expecting to go in and have that kind of feel but we were having fun.”
Rutgers special teams coordinator Vince Okruch visited Hayes shortly after he took over in December. Head coach Chris Ash and assistant defensive backs coach Aaron Henry will be in Hayes’ home Wednesday.
“I don’t know too much about them but I know where they come from and I hear good things about them,” he said. “I’m waiting to meet them in person. I can’t really go off what we do on the phone too much. I know one thing. I know they’ve got a vision. I know coach Ash wants to win and the guys he hired want to win. I’ve watched the interviews they’ve done and they’re working hard.”
Hayes visits Wake Forest next week before he returns to Rutgers for a final official visit.
“I’m excited because there’s a plan,” Hayes said on his Rutgers visit. “I think the biggest thing is that [Ash] hired a great variety of people. Some have a lot of seasoning and some are new, up and coming energetic guys. That was big with hiring a coaching staff.”