Monday disappointment quickly transformed into a Tuesday celebration for Wayne (N.J.) Hills 2017 receiver Tyler Hayek after Rutgers followed up on its word.
Hayek did not pick up the verbal offer he wanted Monday, but told to wait for final word later in the week, patience paid off.
Hayek followed up Tuesday with receivers coach Jafar Williams and defensive backs coach Bill Busch. The conversation ended in his first Big Ten verbal scholarship offer.
“I thought I was going to get offered and they didn't do it, so I was a little disappointed from that,” he said. “Then we talked again today, and sure enough, it happened.”
Hayek showcased length and speed at two consecutive Rutgers camps. His second camp ended with an on-field meeting between himself, his father, Williams and head coach Chris Ash.
“I really showed the first time I went that I have speed, what I can do and then the second camp, I did exactly what they wanted to see with all of my feedback,” he said. “We're really happy, my friends and my family.”
Rutgers told Hayek that it wants five receivers in the class.
“It means a lot to have a Big Ten offer,” he said. “It's huge.”
Hayek no longer plans to visit Fordham but likely camps this weekend at Boston College. He expects to be back at Rutgers soon for a look at the school from behind the scenes.
“I just want to get my name out there and have options,” he said. “... Definitely Rutgers is a top choice but I just want to have options.”