College recruiters from all over America are making their way to Bennettsville, (S.C.) to see this incredible linebacker. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound ‘backer already boasts 15 offers and they are from: Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Florida, Florida State, Penn State, Ohio State, Clemson, Wake Forest, Kentucky, North Carolina, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, and Virginia.
Robert Ayers of Marlboro County is a big time prospect at linebacker and those that have seen him play know that he has unlimited potential. In only eight games he racked up a total of 89 tackles, 28 of those for loss, and six sacks. Ayers is not only a fine football player, but he is also an outstanding person. Ayers spoke with The Insiders while sharing a little about himself and his plans.
"I grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. I went to a private school, and it was a Catholic school. The only sport they had was basketball. I got injured and transferred to another school and that's when I started playing sports. I was on the swim team and I took karate classes, and boxing. (He then found the sport he loves.) I played in Pop Warner, but I really started playing in the eighth grade. I was the punter and I kicked off. I played running back on offense and nose guard on defense," Ayers said.
What team did Ayers follow growing up?
"I used to like Miami and Florida State, but when I got older I started to like Tennessee. I used to like Peyton Manning, but I really don't like them anymore," he said.
Ayers spoke to Insiders about his relationship with South Carolina Gamecock signee Syvelle Newton. How close are they?
"I wouldn't say we were tight just mostly during sports. He has helped me deal with recruiting and is helping me pick a college and stuff like that," he said.
Will the fact that Syvelle Newton signed with the Gamecocks influence his decision?
"If I go to South Carolina, it will not have anything to do with Syvelle. It will be because I think they can win," Ayers said.
Does Ayers parents have any preferences to where he signs come February 4th?
"Whatever school I want to go to as long as I get a good education," he said.
So are there any schools that Ayers would like to hear from?
"I would like to hear from North Carolina State, Miami, Oklahoma, Texas, and Notre Dame."
Ayers has some very specific criteria he is looking for in a college and gives the Insiders a timeline that he will name his top teams.
"The schools I can play early at are the ones I'm interested in. I'm going to look at their academics, campus, and stuff like that. I want to have a good relationship with whoever is my position coach is too. The schools I visit this summer will be in my top five," he said.
Ayers hasn't decided on all the schools he will visit, but there is one stop that has been confirmed by Ayers and that is a trip to South Carolina's one-day football camp on June 21st.
Stay tuned to the Insiders.com for all the latest news on Robert Ayers throughout the summer months.
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