As Expected, Ayers Commits

The 6-3, 225-pound linebacker from Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei, Akeem Ayers, told us tonight that he's the newest Bruin. Ayers was on campus and met with a group of UCLA coaches, who were very excited about the news. Now Ayers said he's going to try to get one of his teammates to come to Westwood with him...

Akeem Ayers, the 6-3, 225-pound defensive end/linebacker, committed to UCLA this afternoon.

"I always knew where I wanted to go. I'm excited to get it out fo the way so I can focus on my senior year," Ayers said.

He was offered a scholarship a few weeks ago, time he needed to make the decision. He said, "I just wanted to make sure in my mind about everything. I knew I was going to UCLA, I just wanted to make sure."

Ayers met with Head Coach Karl Dorrell and assistants DeWayne Walker, Chuck Bullough and Todd Howard. "They were excited when I told them, and they congratulated me. My family is really happy becaue I'm going to be so close to home." Ayers said UCLA wants him to take a shot at linebacker, but told him they could also see him as a rush defensive end in different situations.

So, what's the plans for Ayers now? "I'm going to get ready for a big senior year," he said. "And now I'm going to focus on getting (receiver and teammate) Reggie Dunn there. He's so excited for me to commit there."

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