Tyler Hayek put himself on the Rutgers radar last summer when the 6-foot-4, 180-pounder from Wayne (N.J.) Hills flashed at a June camp.
Wide receivers coach Jafar Williams invited Hayek back to camp once more the next week before he earned his Rutgers offer. The rest is history.
Officially signed now to the Scarlet Knights, Hayek said he is eager to begin his career at the next level.
“I made a mistake for not early enrolling,” Hayek said in reference to 2017 early enrollees Micah Clark, Jamaal Beaty, Samuel Vretman and Brendan Bordner. “I saw all of them (at Rutgers on the Jan. 29 junior day). They send me Snapchats and stuff and telling us how great it is. I just can’t wait to get there and show it.”
Hayek said he came away excited from discussions with new offensive coordinator Jerry Kill. The two spoke face to face during an in-home visit and Jan. 29 when Hayek was on campus.
“We’re going to be running four personnel and we have a good quarterback coming in with a strong arm and we have great, fast receivers,” Hayek said. “So, I feel like we’re just going to sling the ball a lot and we’re going to have a great thing.”
While Hayek’s stature categorizes him with that of a tight end in a spread offense, Kill plans to utilize his speed on the outside.
“(Kill) told me I’m going to be outside receiver,” Hayek said. “So, that’s where I hope to be.”