Ayers Says When and Between Whom

Most recruiting fans believe that Akeem Ayers, the 6-3, 220-pound linebacker from Los Angeles Verbum Dei, will be the next player to verbally commit to UCLA. Ayers gives us a time frame for a commitment, and also says that it's down to two Pac-10 schools for his services...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei defensive end/linebacker Akeem Ayers (6-3, 220) said he is no closer to making a decision on where he will play his college ball, but he has a good idea of the two schools he'll decide between.

"I'm probably waiting until after the season," said Ayers. "It's pretty much UCLA and Cal." Both schools are recruiting Ayers as a linebacker, in fact, every school recruiting him has offered him as a linebacker. "I haven't taken a visit to Cal yet, and I haven't planned one yet. After I do, I'll probably decide," said Ayers.

Ayers said UCLA continues to be his favorite. "Yeah, UCLA still leads. I've been to UCLA a bunch of times but I want to visit Cal."

On Wednesday, Ayers and teammates Reggie Dunn and Jonathan Calhoun took in UCLA's practice. "It was a good practice," said Ayers. "The whole practice was intense. I talked to Coach (Karl) Dorrell, Coach (DeWayne) Walker and Coach (Chuck) Bullough. They said they were happy to have me there."

Ayers said he spent most of the practice focusing on the linebackers and enjoyed watching the team in action. It is likely the only practice that Ayers will be able to catch as Verbum Dei begins their fall practice soon. "I not going be able to make it to the scrimmage," said Ayers. "I wanted to, though."

Ayers and Dunn have talked quite a bit about playing together in college and are hoping for that opportunity. "If that could work out, we would like to," said Ayers. "It depends on what he has going with his offers."

Ayers was offered by UCLA earlier this summer following an unofficial visit to the Westwood campus. He received a qualifying SAT score and once the Bruin staff got his transcripts, the offer was made.

Though he was a dominant defensive end in 2005, Ayers likely projects to linebacker in college, and he got his first extensive playing time at the linebacker position at the B2G Elite Football Program, where he walked away with "Most Versatile Player" honors.

A four-star selection by Scout.com, Ayers is coming off a productive junior season, in which he had 116 tackles and 23 sacks, including one game with five and another with four, and had a sack in each of Verbum Dei's 12 games. He also had five recovered fumbles. He's also actually considered a very good tight end prospect, last year recording 19 catches for 441 yards and five touchdowns. Ayers was named to the All-CIF Division XI First Team Defense at the conclusion of the 2005 season.


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