With two Hayek brothers already en route to Rutgers, the staff made a move to complete the set Wednesday during spring evaluation.
“I was definitely surprised,” Hayek said. “Coach (Wayne) Demikoff pulled me into his office to tell me I got a full scholarship offer from Rutgers. I asked if he was joking at first, but he told me he was being serious. It felt really good.”
Did Hayek consider a commitment?
“(Commuting) was definitely up there on the top of my head,” Hayek said. “Both of my brothers are there and it would be a lot easier for my parents to attend games, but it's a bit early to be talking about that. I'm trying to go step-by-step through this whole process.”
Hayek visited Rutgers twice during the offseason, including junior day and Saturday's spring game.
“I'm pretty close with all of (the coaches),” Hayek said. “I'd say I'm closest with coach Busch. He's been to my house the most from recruiting Hunter and Tyler. It means a lot to have the opportunity. It feels great to take that pressure off my parents. Two kids down and now me. It means a lot to help my parents out after they supported us all of these years.”
Hayek beat both older brothers in the race for a Rutgers offer. Tyler Hayek earned his offer after a June camp performance. Hunter Hayek received an offer and committed after the switch to Jerry Kill as offensive coordinator.
“I would have to say my versatility on film showed them that I can play almost any position on the field,” Hayek said. “I'm physically able to adjust to whatever role they'd want me to play.”
Pittsburgh also visited Wayne Hills Wednesday with a camp invitation for Hayek. Hayek plans to camp at Rutgers, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Penn State, Maryland, Boston College, Columbia and Temple.