Two years ago NC State made a run at LB Robert Ayers from Marlboro County High School in Bennettsville, SC. The all-american LB eventually signed with Tennessee but the Pack is back in South Carolina and hoping to sway Ayers' brother, Jayson, to NC State next season.
DE Jayson Ayers, at 6-4, 240 pounds and boasting 4.7-second speed in the 40-yard dash, is one of SC's top defensive prospects for the class of 2006. This past season he put together a super junior campaign- tallying 116 tackles, four sacks and one fumble recovery. His combination of size and speed has numerous college coaches involved and Ayers recently told Pack Pride that he has his brother to thank for at least some of his success.
"I really think Robert helped me because he was always beating me up and that helped make me tougher," said Ayers. "I got a chance to watch him go through the recruiting process and I'm not really sure how he handled all that but he did."
Now it's the younger brother's turn and he's already garnered a ton of recruiting interest from the likes of Tennessee, NC State, Maryland, Kansas State, Miami, Michigan and Virginia Tech.
Tennessee has already offered in writing and the Pack has given a verbal offer. The Wolfpack was able to host Ayers recently when the rising senior made the trip to Raleigh for the Pack's spring game. He talked about State and what he likes about their program.
"I really like the stadium and the weight room there," he said. "I like their defense and the way they get hyped even though it was just practice. You can tell they're always ready to play."
With a brother already in Knoxville, it's a safe bet the Volunteers will be a force to be reckoned with all year. Ayers talked about what stands out with Tennessee.
"They have a real big stadium and nine times out of ten, they're going to a bowl game," said Ayers. "Plus, my brother is there so that's good."
When asked if he's put together an early list of favorites, Ayers was quick to point out that he's completely open at this early point in recruiting. He will be working to elevate his stock over the coming months and has one big personal goal he's hoping to achieve as a senior.
"We have an award down here that recognizes the MVP for our area," he said. "No one from defense has ever won that award so I want to be the first person to ever win that on defense."