If Rutgers needs speed, Wayne (N.J.) Hills coach Wayne Demikoff said the Scarlet Knights found it in the right place with slot receiver Hunter Hayek.
Hayek is the third player coached by Demikoff at Wayne Hills to link up with Rutgers. He joins his brother, Tyler, and teammate Brendan DeVera after his Sunday announcement on Twitter.
“It’s just great,” Demikoff said. “The commitment Rutgers has made in our school and around the state has just been awesome. In the case of Hunter, they’re getting an explosive kid that can flat out run. You can never have too much speed. They’re certainly getting a fast one with him.”
Speed and playmaking is the theme with Hayek, who starred on the track and the gridiron for Wayne Hills.
“The kid is one of the fastest kids in the state,” Demikoff said. “He ran a 10.7 in the 100-meter in track. He gets the ball in open space and it’s a problem. He’s a playmaker in every sense of the word.
“Whether we were throwing him a bubble screen outside or whether he was running a deep ball or crossing pattern, we’ve handed the ball off to him. He’s that type of kid — no matter what you ask him to do, he’s able to do it. He makes plays doing it.”
Hayek flew under the radar after he missed out on the summer camp circuit due to groin injury sustained in the spring. Demikoff said that hurt Hayek’s recruitment, but he bounced back with strong senior season in the fall and Rutgers took notice.
“He pulled his groin last year in track, running that 10.7,” Demikoff said. “So he had to sit out those summer camps. He wasn’t able to compete at all of those different summer camps that the kids go to. That certainly hurt him.
“That’s why a lot of schools, even late, were coming in and saying, ‘Wow, this kid. Where was he in the summer camps?’ So we had to tell them he wasn’t able to compete. But obviously, he healed up perfect from it and just had a great season. So just seeing him go to Rutgers with all of the other kids, it’s just great. Listen, coach Ash said he had wanted to keep kids home and certainly with our school he is.”