Ayers Gets the Offer He Was Waiting For

The 6-3, 225-pound defensive end/linebacker from Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei, Akeem Ayers, tells us the circumstances of how he received a scholarship offer from UCLA Tuesday, and he shares how that offer affects his recruitment...

Just days after he received his SAT scores back, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei defensive end/linebacker Akeem Ayers (6-3, 220) took an unofficial visit to UCLA to show his transcripts and score to the Bruin coaching staff.

Ayers got what he wanted in return: A scholarship offer from UCLA.

"It was a good trip there," Ayers said. "Coach (Karl) Dorrell offered me. This puts them at the top. I also talked with Coach (DeWayne) Walker and Coach (Chuck) Bullough, and they both said that they wanted me."

Ayers said he didn't commit, and still wanted to take some time, but he did acknowledge that this made UCLA his clear favorite. "I would say they are my heavy leader," said Ayers. "And I'm relieved to get an offer from them. I've liked them for a while."

Ayers said California and Notre Dame were right behind UCLA.

So with the offer he was waiting for, Ayers said he's still not ready to make a commitment. "I just want to see what else is out there before I decide, but UCLA is my leader," said Ayers. Ayers has recently added offers from Arizona State, Washington, Michigan and California, and thinks more could come with his SAT score in hand.

Though he was a dominant defensive end in 2005, Ayers could project to linebacker in college, and he got his first extensive playing time at the linebacker position this past weekend at the B2G Elite Football Program. "It felt real comfortable playing linebacker," said Ayers. "I got a lot of confidence playing there. There were some good linebackers and running backs there and I did good."

Good enough to be named the Most Versatile Player at B2G, an award that caught him off-guard. "It surprised me," said Ayers. "I wasn't expecting it."

A four-star selection by Scout.com, Ayers is coming off a productive junior season, in which he had 116 tackles and a very impressive 23 sacks. He also played tight end and had 19 catches for 441 yards and five touchdowns. He was named to the All-CIF Division XI First Team Defense at the conclusion of the 2005 season.

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