Ayers Waiting for Two Offers

The 6-3, 220-pound defensive end/linebacker from Los Angeles Verbum Dei, Akeem Ayers, has collected a good amount of scholarship offers to date, but there are a couple schools that haven't offered, waiting on his transcripts and SAT score. He talks about how those offers would affect his recruitment...

Owning ten scholarship offers, including recent offers from Arizona State, Washington and Michigan, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei's Akeem Ayers (6-3, 220) is still hoping for offers from two of his top three schools.

"I'm still waiting on an offer from UCLA," Ayers said. "They're waiting for my transcripts. Notre Dame, I'm waiting for an offer from them, too, and they said the same thing. I also just took my SAT. I think I did good. It should be what they wanted me to get."

Ayers said that the Irish and Bruins were in his top three along with California, which he said was a slight leader. "Cal offered me a while ago. Coach (Ron) Gould is awesome. Notre Dame came by and talked with my coaches and said that they liked me a lot. Coach (DeWayne) Walker from UCLA, we are real cool. We talk a lot and it is real good between me and him. If they offered, that would change things," said Ayers.

Nebraska, Arizona, Oregon, Arizona State and USC all round out Ayers' list, which he said wouldn't be whittled down any time soon. "I want to see what all of my offers are before I make my decision. I also want to take all of my trips. I'll decide in January.," said Ayers.

A four-star selection by Scout.com, Ayers is coming off a productive junior season, in which he had 87 tackles and 18 sacks as a defensive end. He also played tight end and scored three touchdowns. He was named to the All-CIF Division XI First Team Defense at the conclusion of the 2005 season.

Last month at the Scout.com Combine, Ayers was on his way to a monster day, but in the first one-on-one he tweaked his ankle, which knocked him out of any remaining camps this spring. Ayers said, "It's feeling much better. I can run on it and everything. I don't think I'm going to any other camps because I'm trying to let it fully heal."

What he is doing, however, is passing leagues, and Verbum Dei has been participating in the Watts Summer Games. "The first round, we went 4-0. We play the rest of the tournament next Saturday. I'm playing linebacker in passing league and some receiver," said Ayers.

For Ayers, the time at linebacker is valuable since he figures to move to the position full time in college. "I'll play linebacker equally to defensive end this season," said Ayers. "I'll be switching on and off."

Ayers is also playing receiver, teaming with Reggie Dunn and Maxwell Lacy to give Verbum Dei an impressive receiver trio.


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