Wayne (N.J.) Hills 2017 receiver Tyler Hayek was an under-the-radar prospect in the spring, but may not stay that way for long. Hayek showcased strong hands and fluid routes in his first Rutgers skills camp.
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound receiver impressed enough to earn an invitation back to camp from wide receivers coach Jafar Williams.
"I came back because they asked me to after I did so well last time," Hayek said after his second camp. "I worked more with the receivers coach. They told me what they wanted to see, and I tried my best to give it to them."
Rutgers took an even closer look at Hayek at his second camp. He got dozens of 1-on-1 reps during a competition period and always against the top cornerback prospects on campus. Hayek won the majority.
"There was a good amount of competition," Hayek said. "I was facing Bryce [Watts] the Rutgers commit and the other big corner (Philadelphia Father Judge's Rob King). I faced them almost every time. It was good to compete."
Hayek's Saturday visit ended when Williams and head coach Chris Ash pulled him out of line for a conversation with Hayek's father. The four spoke for the final minutes of camp and again Monday evening.
Hayek did not receive an offer, but was told to expect a decision on his status soon and another conversation with the coaching staff.
"They all really like me," Hayek said. "They all really want me, from the feedback. I'm waiting to hear more."
Stony Brook offered Hayek after his first Rutgers camp showing and Fordham may do the same during an upcoming unofficial visit.