May 11, 2009

Ayers still making up his mind

JEFFERSON - South Paulding cornerback Ryan Ayers is a young man of few words, an intensely focused individual who prefers to let his actions speak for him.

That includes the subject of recruiting.

Ayers doesn't give a lot of interviews, but after taking his turn in the finals of the Class AAAA 100-meter dash, the Douglasville native gave UGASports an idea of what he is thinking.

The 5-foot-10, 176-pounder currently has seven offers with more on the way, and said with summer approaching is still in the process of deciding what he wants to.

Ayers said he has visited Georgia Tech, and likes what he's heard from Yellow Jacket coach Paul Johnson. However, he wants to see what else is out there before coming to any sort of conclusion as to his future college home. In the past, Ayers given the Yellow Jackets a leg up in his recruitment, but made it clear his eyes remain wide open.

"Right now I'm just chilling before I take a few visits to see if I like more than one place," said Ayers. "The only visit I've made has been to Georgia Tech, but I want to see what other schools have to offer."

Georgia, which has also offered Ayers a scholarship, is one of the schools Ayers plans on going to see.

"My first visit is to Florida in a few weeks, but after that I will go to Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss," he said. "I just want to find where I'm comfortable. Obviously, when you get there you're going to get that feeling of that's where you want to be. But I haven't visited anywhere but Georgia Tech. Hopefully, I'll find that place."

Besides Georgia and Georgia Tech, Ayers currently has offers from Arkansas, Duke, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Vanderbilt with Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Notre Dame possibly adding their names to the mix.

The four-star performer said he's gotten some good advice from his high school coaches as how to handle the process.

"They just tell me to relax and answer the questions the best that I can," he said. "They tell me everything will take care of itself."

Right now, Ayers is just trying to get back to 100 percent health.

Ayers said he pulled a hamstring two weeks ago, but still managed to finish eighth in the finals of the Class AAAA 100 meter dash.

"I just like to compete," said Ayers, who was competing in the state meet for the first time. "I just wanted to come out here and have fun."



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