UCLA Commit Takes Other Visit

The 6-3, 225-pound linebacker/defensive end, Akeem Ayers from Los Angeles Verbum Dei, took an official visit to another school last weekend. He talked to us about it, other schools recruiting him and his feeling on his commitment to UCLA...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei defensive end/linebacker Akeem Ayers (6-3, 220) committed to UCLA back in August. But despite his commitment, Ayers said he wanted to take a couple of official visits elsewhere, and just returned from a trip to Colorado.

"It was a good trip," said Ayers. "My host was Marquez Herrod. Colorado was trying to gain some interest in me, showing me around, but I don't have an official offer from them."

Ayers also said he was planning to visit California when the Bears host Stanford the first weekend in December.

So what does that mean for UCLA and his commitment to the Bruins? "I'm still solid with UCLA," said Ayers. "I just want to see some other schools. I'm not re-thinking my commitment; everything is staying the same. I just wanted to have some schools to compare to UCLA."

Ayers will officially visit UCLA the weekend of December 15th. As of now, that will be his final official visit.

Despite watching what Bruce Davis has done for the Bruins defense this year, a player that Ayers has been compared to, he said that UCLA is still looking considering him a linebacker first. "They still want me as a linebacker, but I'll probably get a chance to do a little of both, and work a little more at end," said Ayers.

This fall, he has been exclusively playing linebacker for the Eagles, which has cut into his sack numbers, but not his tackles for loss. "If I had a season like my past two, I could have had a chance at the state record for sacks, but I'm at ‘backer fulltime and doing well," said Ayers.

He did miss a good chunk of the season after suffering a finger injury that required surgery. Since he's come back, though, he's been averaging 15 tackles and four tackles for loss per game. He's also been playing tight end for the Eagles, a position that USC has been in contact with him about. "(USC) Coach (Brennan) Carroll called me today just to talk," said Ayers. "They haven't talked to me about an offer or a trip, but they said they're watching me."

Regardless of the other schools, though, Ayers insists his decision has been made. "I'm pretty confident I'm signing with UCLA," said Ayers. "My family was okay with me taking some trips and looking at some other schools, so I just decided to take the trips."

Ayers and the Eagles visit L.A. Baptist this weekend in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs.

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