Peach State's hot commodity
"I plan to visit a few places this summer," said Ryan Ayers. "I think we are going to Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina."
"I know we are going to Auburn this weekend. I was planning on attending at least one camp, but I don't think I am going to do that anymore."
Ayers held offers from several of the nation's top programs including Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He added a few more to the list during the spring.
"The latest schools that offered have been Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and South Carolina," he said. "All of those offers have come in the last couple of weeks. It's been really exciting. They all stand out to me. I plan to visit all of them."
No one school is pressing any harder than the others, but the in-state Bulldogs have decided they really like what they see in their home-grown product.
"Most of the schools are recruiting me about the same," Ayers said. "Georgia recently has come on really strong. They have really turned it up."
South Paulding was like a carousel for college coaches who passed through during the spring visiting the Peach State defender.
"I saw coaches at my practices from Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia Tech. I know Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Maryland, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida and a whole bunch of other schools randomly stopped by during the day," Ayers explained.
The scholarship offers are arriving quickly, and it takes some time to digest the process.
"I don't have any favorites," Ayers said. "I am going to find out more about the programs when I visit during the summer. I am going to find out more about the coaches. I am going to talk to players about the coaches. I am also going to talk to some academic people."
"I don't really have a time-frame as to when I am going to make my decision. I am going to go wherever I feel most comfortable. I want to go to a program that I feel like I will have the most success."
Ayers talked more about the conclusion of spring practice and summer work-outs.
"Spring training went good," he said. "I tried to improve a whole bunch of things. We progressed as a team. We definitely improved especially on the offensive side."
"I thought we would struggle, but it was different. I am playing offense. I am going to be playing some wide out this year."
"Coach [Tim] Glanton has some 7-on-7 stuff for us this summer. I am going to be working on trying to get stronger. We still have a lot of things to work on. I am going to keep working hard and help my team out as much as I can."
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