Q&A with LB Robert Ayers

Marlboro County High School is home to some of the top talent in the southeast once again, and today CUTigers.com had the opportunity to speak to Robert Ayers, one of the top linebackers in the Palmetto state. Hear what Robert had to say about his senior season, and the recruiting process in this extensive report.

LB Robert Ayers
6-4, 227, 4.5
Marlboro County High School
Bennettsville, South Carolina

There's little doubt that the Tigers will be looking to improve their depth at linebacker in the 2004 class, and fortunately, there appears to be several solid Division I-A prospects in the Palmetto state this year.

Today, we take a look at Robert Ayers, another top prospect to emerge from Marlboro County High School.

Which schools have already offered you a scholarship?
Ayers: Right now I've got over 14 oral scholarship offers from most schools in the southeast, including both South Carolina and Clemson.

How do your stats look from last year?
Ayers: I had about 89 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and six sacks in 8 games.

Which coach is recruiting you from Clemson?
Ayers: Coach Stockstill was but now I've got someone else recruiting me and I've forgotten his name right now. I've got a lot of coaches to keep up with.

Which camps are you going to this summer?
Ayers: I'm not sure yet, I'm setting that up with my coaches right now. I was supposed to go the NIKE Virginia Tech camp, but that didn't happen at the last second.

Are you going to play linebacker at the next level or perhaps strong safety?
Ayers: Right now it's linebacker. I played on the outside last year but this year I'll be in the middle. After my 10th grade year there was some talk about me playing strong safety, but it's linebacker all the way now.

Which schools would you say are in your top 5?
Ayers: It's way too early to say at this point. I like all the schools that are recruiting me.

Which schools came by and saw you during spring practice?
Ayers: I think we had pretty much everybody come. I think there were about 24 schools here at one point or another during the spring.

Talk about your strengths and weaknesses on the field.
Ayers: Well, I know I need to be smarter on the field. Sometimes I tend to over pursue. I'm real aggressive and I like to hit, so I'd say those would be my strengths.

How is your team looking this year?
Ayers: I think we've got about 13 seniors coming back, which is a little lower than normal, but we'll be alright. Most of the guys we have coming back have already been playing a lot.

What will be most important to you in deciding on a school?
Ayers: Location is definitely important I'd say. I also want to go somewhere where I feel comfortable with the coaching staff. I don't want to go somewhere for two years and then have the coach leave or retire. Location and coaching stability are really important to me.

What about Syvelle Newton? Would he be a factor in your recruitment considering you guys played together?
Ayers: (laughing) You know he's a great player, but I don't like quarterbacks at all. He'd be great to have on my team, but I'd love to play against him and get a sack. There's nothing like sacking one of your friends. Yeah, I'd love to sack Syvelle.

We'd like to conclude by thanking Robert for taking the time to speak with us, and of course we'll continue to keep you updated on his performance on the field during his senior season.

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