Ayers talks ASU pledge

Displeased with his recruitment, Kevin Ayers transferred from Pasadena City College to West L.A. College after his freshman year. Needless to say that this move has paid off, as yesterday Ayers became the newest member of Arizona's State 2011 recruiting class. Devils Digest caught up with the safety after his official visit to Tempe concluded to talk about his decision.

"I really loved my visit to Arizona State," Ayers said. "I had so much fun I didn't want to leave. I really liked the coaches, the facilities and the players. I was hosted by Anthony Jones and Omar Bolden, and I also know Mike Willie from back home. The city (Tempe) is amazing and it's just a great environment there.

"I was most impressed by the academic support they have there. They really make sure that you're on top of your classes and they want you to graduate when you play there. That really caught my attention."

Ayers arrived in Tempe on Friday evening and when he met with head coach Dennis Erickson for the first time on Saturday an offer was extended. The safety didn't hesitate with his decision and pledged to the maroon and gold on the spot.

"I was kind of expecting to get a scholarship offer but I wasn't very sure," Ayers acknowledged. "I was very excited when he (Erickson) offered me so I committed on the spot."

The 6-0 205 Kevin Ayers, the younger brother of former UCLA Linebacker Akeem Ayers, prepped at Lynwood (Calif.) High School and was a non-qualifier. Thus, he was forced to go the junior college route where did find success. Ayers was a two-year starter playing mostly at linebacker at Pasadena and safety at West L.A.

As a sophomore, Ayers posted over 70 tackles, two interceptions and a sack. Ayers reported a 40-yard time of 4.4 seconds and in the weight room he has benched 235 lbs.

He commented that the Sun Devils like him both as a strong safety and a nickel linebacker, and admitted that he likes playing close to the line of scrimmage because that suits his skills the best.

"I am a very physical player and a hard hitter and the (ASU) coaches said that they like that about me," Ayers remarked. "They also told me they really like how I can read the play before it even happens and I react to it pretty fast."

Up until he his offer from the Sun Devils, Ayers was probably going to head to either Eastern Kentucky or Northern Arizona. As mentioned, Ayers believes that making the move to West L.A. College did open some recruiting doors that were previously closed to him.

"The coaches at West L.A. know a lot of D-1 coaches and that has helped me a lot," Ayers said. "Utah and Miami were also looking at me.

"I knew I had the talent to play at a D-1 school and the coaches kept on telling me that I deserve no less than D-1. So I'm happy that I waited and that everything worked out in the end."

Ayers will finish his AA degree in June and he will have three years to play two at Arizona State. He is scheduled to receive his letter of intent paperwork in a couple of days and plans to officially become a Sun Devil and sign his letter of intent as soon as he gets it.

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