May 26, 2009

Ayers to check out Athens

DOUGLASVILLE - Some top recruits love the limelight, getting the attention from fans, coaches, and players as well.

That is not the case for South Paulding cornerback Ryan Ayers, one of the fastest (4.38 speed) and most coveted (15 offers) prospects in the southeast. UGASports caught up with the speedy talent during the warm-ups before his school's spring scrimmage on Friday.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, Florida, Maryland, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Alabama are some of his newest offers. The Crimson Tide offered on Friday, and Ayers said it is not too late for them or any school for that matter.

"I have heard Alabama is going to try and scoop me up at the last minute, but it is not close to the last-minute yet, so I am not sure what that means. I plan to go up there and check them out," Ayers said. I was sick at their camp last year, so I want to show Coach (Nick) Saban what I can really do."

Ayers is a standout at the corner position, but his athleticism will again be used at another spot this fall. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Rivals250 prospect let us in on what to expect at South Paulding this fall.

"It will be different this year knowing this is my last season at South Paulding. I am playing at safety, so that I can have a better chance to be involved in the defense more," he said. "I am going to go out and give it all I got, and try to help my teammates out as well."

Georgia Tech was the first in state school to offer, and Ayers admits they have done the best job possible when it comes to his recruitment. However, a rival school is making a big push to bring in the four star target.

"Georgia has turned it up on me this spring, and that is going to be my first trip this weekend," Ayers acknowledged. "I do not know much about the program, but I am going to ask the questions that I need to."

Although it will not be the first trip for Ayers to the Classic City, he admits he has a lot to learn about the campus, as well as getting to know the Georgia coaching staff more.

"I am excited about visiting again; I camped there last summer and my team participated in a 7on7 there. But I did not get to see as much as I would have liked to, so I am looking forward to finding all of that out this time," said Ayers.

Speculation has been that Ayers has Georgia Tech out in front, and although he has developed a close relationship to Coach Bohannon and the rest of the Yellow Jacket coaches, he was not ready to name them the leader.

"I am completely open, a lot of people mention me and Georgia Tech, and they think I am about to commit, but that is not it at all," he said. "They are the only school I have been to so far, so I have nothing to compare it to."

Ayers is not ready to make a decision anytime soon, and truth be told, he is more focused on getting stronger and more developed in the secondary for his upcoming season.

"We have workouts over the summer for football, and I also plan to go workout for my brother, who used to play cornerback at Liberty University in Virginia. He helps me out a lot," said Ayers.

While quick to point out that he is unsure of what his main factors currently are, Ayers did admit that he might check out the players at his position at his schools of interest. But according to the blazing defensive back, it will not be a major deterrent in his decision.

"I do like playing time, so depth charts will be a concern. But I know that there is going to be competition anywhere I go, so it really doesn't matter," Ayers said. "I am just going to work hard, give it my all, and hope I find the right school for me."

Towards the end of the interview, Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez showed up to the spring game, and Ayers did not let it go unnoticed.

"Coach Martinez is here, and he is the only one to watch me at my spring game," he said. "It means a lot to me to see Georgia cares about me enough to come see me today."

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