One to watch

Colorado didn't fare too well with in-state prospects in the 2010 recruiting class, but looking ahead to 2011, several in-state players already hold offers from the Buffs and many others have CU on their minds. Get inside for more on one of those players.

Corey Ayers, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound linebacker from Legacy High School in Broomfield has enjoyed a very productive high school career so far during his sophomore and jumior seasons.

Heading into his senior year, Ayers is thinking about his future and where he will continue to play football at the next level. It's looking like he will have plenty of options and he's doing his best to prepare.

Ayers is waiting for his first scholarship offer, but he is hearing from a lot of programs at all levels of the college game at this point, from Division II schools to Football Championship Subdivision teams and Football Bowl Subdivision teams such as Nebraska, Colorado, Colorado State Kent State, Akron and Penn State. Opening his mailbox or email often brings a surprise these days.

"It's been interesting," Ayers said. "It's been an exciting process. It keeps you on your toes."

Ayers said most programs are interested in him as a linebacker, but he has enjoyed playing time all over the field on both sides of the ball and has served as a longsnapper. As he continues to hone that skill, he also plays an H-back/fullback role for the Legacy offense.

"Right now, I'm really trying to get my weight and size up to 215 or 220," he said. "If I do get up to there, I would like to be recruited as a linebacker, but if I stay around 200-210, I've talked to some schools about playing some safety. I've talked to CU a llittle about being a nickle back or just a more physical corner."

Ayers said just about every program has let him know they have reviewed his film and will be keeping an eye on him in his senior season.

He has a long list of camps he plans to attend this summer, including stops at CU, CSU and Nebraska.

Ayers said he doesn't necessarily have a target school at this point. He's keeping his options open, but he does hope one school eventually sends an offer his way because of the prestige factor. That school is Stanford.

"I would really like to get an offer from Stanford because of the whole academic thing and their football team is on the rise," he said. "It's one of the schools I've been watching out for."

Ayers was invited to Colorado and Colorado State's junior days last month. He attended junior day at CU and plans to get up to CSU for its second junior day later this spring.

"Right now I think staying in-state would be really cool because I kind of want to play in front of my friends and family, but anywhere really works. I just want to continue in football in college."


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