Ayers Gives Big Cat Weekend A Big Thumbs Up

A visitor to Auburn's Big Cat Weekend talks about his trip to the AU campus.

Douglasville, Ga.--Last year when he visited Auburn, cornerback prospect Ryan Ayers didn't come away with a high opinion of the Auburn coaching staff following his sophomore year at South Paulding High School.

However, when he spent Saturday with new head coach Gene Chizik and Chizik's new Auburn staff his perception of the Tigers changed.

One of around 20 prospects who attended what the Auburn coaches called their "Big Cat Weekend" in honor of the high profile prospects who visited like four-star defensive back prospect Ayers, the cornerback says he glad he made the trip to the Auburn campus on Saturday.

"Last year I didn't like it that much when I visited Auburn," Ayers tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "This year it was a totally different experience. I had a good time.

Last year he notes that he was basically ignored on his visit. This year he spent hours talking football with Tommy Thigpen, who recruits South Paulding High for the Tigers, as well as defensive coordinator Ted Roof and head coach Gene Chizik.

"The Auburn coaches showed me a lot of love," says Ayers, who says he now plans to return to Auburn for a summer football camp and notes that the Tigers are on the list of colleges he is considering along with schools such as Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Ayers says he has one more week of classes before hitting his summer break. "We have final exams coming up this week," he says.

Commenting on his major goal for his senior season, Ayers says he wants to help his team make a strong run in the state playoffs. "We are really going to have a good football team this year," he says. "Our senior class is really big."

The senior-to-be lines up at safety in high school because he can play centerfield and cover more ground, but his natural position is cornerback although he also plays receiver and returns kicks. "I think cornerback is the position I will play in college," he says.

Commenting on his Saturday in Auburn, Ayers says, "It was a lot of fun. I got a kick out the cake eating contest, the pie-eating contests and all of the other competitions we had. It was a good day to spend time with the coaches and get to know them.

"Coach Thig (Thigpen) is a really cool guy," he adds. "He is a guy I really enjoy talking to. I had a good conversation with Coach Chizik. We talked about everything. He wants me to come back to campus and all of that stuff. I am planning to do it."

Summing up his trip to Auburn, he says, "It was a lot of fun and I am really glad I took the visit."

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