July 15, 2008

CSU fighting academic powerhouses for Ayala

A high Grade Point Average and quick feet have netted Huntsville, TX defensive lineman Adam Ayala a pair of scholarship offers as well as interest from institutions with a very rich academic history.

Until yesterday Colorado State stood as Ayala's only scholarship offering, but that offer was joined by Louisiana Tech. Joining CSU and La Tech in the Ayala sweepstakes are Houston, Rice and Northwestern, who are interested in his 3.6 GPA as well as his status in the top 10 percent of his class.

"My parents want to see me go somewhere with strong academics," said Ayala. "Right now Rice is probably a little higher on my list than the others, not just for athletics but the academic prestige they have. They also have a low student-to-teacher ratio and a high graduation rate on their football team."

Ayala said he is thinking of majoring in either business or engineering in college.

While Rice and its location an hour from Huntsville may have a leg up for Ayala, Colorado State is still in the sweepstakes. The 6'5", 256-pounder said he likes the coaching staff at CSU and said the team seems to be headed in the right direction.

Ayala says he has never been to Colorado, but might make it to the Centennial State to take an official visit. Right now Ayala has just one unofficial visit to Rice this week to attend their camp and take a tour. He said the rest of the visits will come later.

For now he has unfinished business on the high school gridiron. Last season his Huntsville squad finished 5-5, but returns seven players on defense and another four on offense.

"I really haven't looked at taking my visits right now," said Ayala. "Right now I am looking at those after the season and focusing on a district championship this year."

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