4-Star NJ WR holds 1 offer & expecting more

Four star wide out prospect Aaron Hayward expects other schools to come calling and for the amount of offers he's receiving to grow. Rutgers, the only offer he holds, has left a solid impression on him and he's been able to meet some other RU commits along the way. He has no top 5 yet, but plans on making his final call over the summer. Come see what he had to say about his recruitment thus far.

While there is only one offer in the hands of running back/wide receiver Aaron Hayward as of now, the junior out of Carneys Point, N.J. expects some more to come in on the horizon.

"I sent out a few highlight tapes," he said. "I'm just two eye blinks away from getting a full ride from Iowa. I'm also two blinks from getting one from Maryland, and about three from Virginia."

The lone offer Hayward does hold is from Rutgers. He's been in attendance for the program's biggest victories when the Scarlet Knights knocked off Louisville and South Florida on Thursday night's on national television. When asked about the school, he gushed over Rutgers and said it's the best place he's seen through his recruiting process.

"By far the best school I've been to hands down," Hayward said. "The coaches and players are really down to earth. A couple of my teammates from my freshman year went to go play at Rutgers and I chat with them. There are a lot of things to do on campus and its an awesome atmosphere. [Head Coach Greg] Schiano is upfront with everything and I like that about him."

A perk that the Penns Grove High School playmaker has gained from his experiences in Piscataway is getting the chance to talk to fellow pass catchers, and the team's top two receivers, junior Kenny Britt and senior Tiquan Underwood.

"I've talked to Kenny Britt a few times," Hayward said. "I have Tiquan Underwood's personal number and we text every once in a while. He's a cool guy."

Hayward has also gotten the chance to meet and become friendly with some of the Knights' recruits. Four star quarterback Tom Savage, four star receiver Je'Ron Stokes, three star wide out Shawney Kersey and cornerback Dominic Clark.

"Tom's a cool guy, we met at a combine and our bond grew," he said. "Me and Je'Ron run track together at AAU. Shawney is a good buddy of mine and we hangout, talk on the phone and chat a lot."

Another trip the six foot 194 pound offensive threat took was down to Maryland to visit the Terrapins. Hayward had been to the campus last year for a camp so wasn't really awed by the Junior Day. He did get a chance to have some extra time with Assistant Coach/ Running Backs Coach Jim Donovan, which he thought went well.

"I went there last year and it was the same stuff I have already seen," he said. "I like Coach Donovan, he's a cool guy. It's not all about football with him, it's about life outside of football. He asks me how things are going, how are my grades and how's my mom doing."

Penn State will be the next stop for Hayward for its Junior Day on April 5. He also said he will be at the Scarlet Knights' spring game and a 'couple' of practices.

There is no top schools list as of yet from the four star receiver because he's still open to hearing what other schools have to offer him.

"I want to leave my market open so schools can come in," Hayward said.

Location, education and playing time will be the three biggest factors in the First Team All-County member's decision.

"I would like the school to be in no more than a five hour radius from me, excluding Iowa," Hayward said. "Academics are important because I want to go somewhere that fits what I want to do. I don't expect to some in and play right away as a freshman, so I want to be taught the fundamentals so I could be ready to go when [it's my turn]."

Hayward plans to make his decision sometime in July, before his senior year kicks off.

"Hopefully the offers will be in by then and the camps should be done so I could concentrate on making my decision," he said.

Including the All-County team, Hayward has also been selected First Team All-Group, and won the Player of the Year in his county for the second time.

When he's not on the gridiron, Hayward is participating in track where he was a sectional champion last year.

Hayward is ranked as the No. 12 wide receiver according to the 2009 Scout.com High School Football Rankings.

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