Ayers Returns From Ann Arbor

D.C. area punter <b>Johnny Ayers</b> has the day off from the school today (Monday), so we talked to him about his official visit to Michigan this past weekend.

We asked Johnny Ayers (6-1, 175 lbs., 3.7 GPA/1190 SAT) from Vienna, Vir. (a suburb of D.C.), James Madison:

How did the visit go?

"The visit went well. I was at the kicking camp last summer, but I'd never met any of the players or current coaches before. It was nice to put faces to the names."

"My host was Garrett Rivas. I really liked talking to the coaching staff and the players -- the players all had great things to say about Ann Arbor. I talked to Coach Carr, and to Coach Sheridan. And I met with Coach Debord (now Special Teams Coach) several times and went out to dinner with him Saturday night. I also talked with Michigan's baseball coach, Coach Maloney (Ayers was All-Region last year as an infielder)."

What did Michigan say about a scholarship?

"They haven't made an offer. They told me before the visit that they didn't know if they'll have a scholarship to offer. Basically, they would like me to walk on -- and if I win the (punting) job then I'll get a scholarship."

So what do you think you are going to do?

"I have a couple more visits to take ... Virginia, and Florida."

"Boston College has made an offer for next January. Virginia says I can have a scholarship there as a junior ... they have a punter on scholarship for the next two years, and they only have one on scholarship at a time. I've also talked to William and Mary, and the Ivy League schools."

"Obviously education is the first priority. But I'm competitive, and if I want to take football to next level, the Big 10 or ACC is the way to go."

"So right now I have no idea what I'll do. I have several people who are advising me, and I'll talk to them about it. "

Ayers averaged 42 yards per punt as a senior, reportedly with very good hang time. He also was his state semi-final team's starting quarterback and safety.

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