Ayers is Done With Recruiting

The 6-3, 220-pounder from Los Angeles Verbum Dei, Akeem Ayers, is verbally committed to UCLA, but he's taken other official visits -- last weekend to Cal -- and USC has continued to recruit him. We talked to him about where he is in his recruitment and his commitment to UCLA...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei defensive end/linebacker Akeem Ayers (6-3.5, 220) said he is anxiously awaiting Signing Day.

"I'm ready to get it over with," said Ayers. "I want to sign and get this thing done."

Ayers committed to UCLA in the summer but an outstanding senior year, one in which he was named CIF Defensive Player of the Year for the Mid-Valley Division, made him an even hotter commodity.

He took an official visit to Colorado in November then took another to California last weekend.

"The visit was good and I enjoyed the trip," said Ayers. "I figured I would take another visit. Cal was still recruiting me but I'm not going to go there."

USC also made a late push, offering Ayers a scholarship two weeks ago as a linebacker. He considered taking an official visit to USC but decided to pass on that.

"I'm still 100% solid to UCLA," said Ayers. "Nothing has changed. I'm not going to visit anyone else. I can't wait until Signing Day to just get it all out of the way."

Ayers said that UCLA still plans to bring him in as a linebacker but he'll get a chance to play with his hand down on occasion.

"Every once and a while, 3rd and long plays, I'll get a chance to rush the passer, but I'm coming in as a linebacker," said Ayers.

Ayers is the one of the few best defensive ends in the West and recently was selected to the Scout.com Hot 100. He also played for the West squad for the East Meets West All-American Game earlier this month in January.

"Because of my injury and all that, I didn't think I would get a chance to show what I can do, but when I came back I just did really good," said Ayers.

Ayers also played receiver and tight end for Verbum Dei this year, one game scoring three touchdowns, but he said he won't campaign for any snaps on offense. "I'm just going to stick to defense," said Ayers.


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