"I want to thank my coaches, teammates and everyone at UCLA for all of their help the last few years," said Ayers. "I have had a great experience at UCLA and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend such an outstanding school.
"I will miss playing with my UCLA teammates next year but I feel that the decision to go to the NFL is what is best for my family. I will always be a Bruin."
"Akeem has been a big-play performer throughout his career at UCLA and we support his decision to move to the next level," said head coach Rick Neuheisel. "Who will ever forget his interceptions against Oregon and Temple that he turned into touchdowns or his many sacks? We will miss Akeem, but we look forward to watching him make those same types of plays on Sundays in the NFL."
-- Defensive end Sam Tai from Liberty High School in Henderson, Nevada, and San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo linebacker Aaron Wallace have attended classes and are now members of the UCLA football team.
"We are excited to have Sam and Aaron in our program," said head coach Rick Neuheisel. "They are both outstanding defensive players who will now have the benefit of our off-season program as well as Spring Practice. I think they are a great fit with the other young talent on our defensive unit that will continue to mature with experience."
-- I'm hearing that it's likely UCLA will return to a pro-style for its base offense, and utilize the Pistol as a formation within that offense.
There could be some interesting positional moves as a result, especially if UCLA goes to a two-back offense.
-- The word is that Damien Thigpen and Jayson Allmond could be transferring. Thigpen, originally from Virginia, wants to play at a school closer to home, and Allmond wants to play at a program where he'll get more playing time.
Recruiting Scuttlebutt --