Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek head coach Rob Hinson has plenty of experience when it comes college recruiting. Timber Creek is a South Jersey program that consistently churns out BCS talent, and part of the reward for Hinson comes when a player achieves a dream opportunity.
Linebacker Tyreek Williams did that Wednesday night.
Williams held and appreciated an opportunity at Buffalo, where he de-committed this week because he could not say no to what awaited him at Rutgers.
“It’s a school that he’s dreamt of going to,” Hinson said. “Being in New Jersey and having an opportunity to play football at the highest level, it should be pretty much every kid’s dream if all situations and things are in order for that kid. It worked out perfectly for him.”
Williams said he brings aggression to linebacker. From Hinson’s perspective, add speed to the list of special skills for the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder with room to grow.
“He’s freaky athletic with a 315-pound bench press and 3.3 GPA,” Hinson said. “He’s a super explosive kid and he hadn’t played a ton of football. Now he’s going to get the opportunity to play one position and put on the size that comes with going to a college weight-lifting program. I think he’s probably one of the top steals in the Northeast.”
In a year where de-commitments are a daily occurrence, Williams handled his with the utmost respect. Williams spoke honestly with Buffalo about his desire to play in New Jersey and did not string along a coaching staff with a drawn-out process.
“He had a really good relationship with the coaches up at Buffalo,” Hinson said. “They spent a lot of time with him but a situation like this is a dream for him and the opportunity presented itself. He had to go with it. It was tough because I didn’t let him back away and avoid the coach’s calls. He had to make this decision, I made him sit down with the coaches and say everything he had to say, speak to the coaches face to face and handle it like a man. The fact that he was able to do that really confirmed to me how much he’d really enjoy the opportunity to go to Rutgers.”
Hinson, who also coached Rutgers defensive ends Myles Nash and Quanzell Lambert, has a 2017 commitment to the program in defensive back Naijee Jones.
“For me be able to see three guys hopefully starting and contributing, one at each level, it’s going to be pretty nice,” he said. “Our whole Timber Creek football family will turn on the Saturday game of the week. That’s what happens in the Big Ten, televised, they can see guys that play at every level of the defense.”
Hinson met with Rutgers coach Chris Ash during the recruitment process this month and received a strong first impression as the Scarlet Knights new leader.
“Hitting it off would be kind of an understatement,” Hinson said. “Coach Ash and I have met a few times. It’s an hour each time. It hasn’t been stopping in to just say, ‘hey how are you.’ I spent a few hours up there with him and he spent a few hours down here with me. We hit it off pretty well. Monday the whole staff was in and all of those guys reached out. They originally [reached out] with hand-written letters and phone calls and all of that stuff. They’ve definitely done things a little bit differently than it may have been done in the past.”