Ayers Adds Big In-State Offer

Ayers Adds Big In-State Offer

The interest in Ryan Ayers has really picked up in the last few weeks. He is closing in on 10 offers and the latest one is from an in-state program.

"Georgia offered Ryan Ayers today," said South Paulding Head Coach Tim Glanton.

"He talked to both Coach [Stacy] Searels and Coach [Mark] Richt on the phone and they offered him a scholarship."

This is Ayers eighth offer. Georgia joins Georgia Tech, Duke, Arkansas, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State on his offer list.

The 5-foot-10, 170 pound speedster (timed at 4.31 in the 40 yard dash) was probably caught a little off guard by the offer from UGA, but he kind of expected it.

"I know how Georgia does things in recruiting and they really take their time offering kids to make sure they are a good fit for what they are looking for. It didn't surprise me that they offered Ryan today and I don't think it surprised him too much either."

"I think he felt like an offer from Georgia was coming after his performance at their one day camp last year. Georgia just does things their way, and after evaluating prospects again this morning, they were ready to offer Ryan."

Coach Glanton's phone lit up in the afternoon and it did not take long to get his prized recruit on the phone with the Dawgs.

"Coach Searels contacted me and in between classes, I got Ryan on the phone with him. Coach Searels then got Coach Richt on the phone and they offered Ryan a scholarship."

"Coach Martinez (defensive backs coach) made the decision to offer Ryan this morning in a meeting, so Searels contacted me and I let them give Ryan the news."

The offer from UGA brought out a little emotion from the laid back Ayers.

"Usually Ryan is a little reserved and quiet, but he smiled about this offer today. He was excited about this one like he was about Georgia Tech a few weeks ago. He has really been waiting on this offer, so he was very excited about it."


Ayers has eight offers
He was all smiles about the Georgia offer, but the other in-state school has made an impression on Ayers as well. Like Coach Glanton stated, Georgia Tech offered the junior corner at Junior Day and the Yellow Jackets moved up his list that day.

"He likes Georgia Tech and he had a real good talk with Paul Johnson during Junior Day. He really likes their staff. I think Georgia Tech, Georgia, and Florida are three that he really likes right now."

"Ryan hit it off with Coach Willie Martinez at Georgia's camp last summer too. They spent a lot of time together and he likes him a lot. At Florida, Ryan was lights out last summer at their camp and I think they are going to offer him. He did things down there that I didn't even think he could do. The atmosphere there really caught Ryan's attention and I know he liked it there a lot."

With the offers coming in and attention picking up, who could be next in line?

"Florida is on him hard, he gets a lot of mail from Tennessee, he is getting a lot from Alabama, LSU has been showing interest, and he is hearing from schools like Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, and Maryland too. He gets tons of letters from schools every day."

Ayers could not be handling this attention any better.

"He is such a low key guy, but he is starting to get excited about some of these offers. He has handled all of this exceptionally wel and I don't think I could have handled it like this if I was a junior in high school. Ryan is taking it all in stride and still being humble. He is really doing well with this attention."

While he taking it all in stride, Coach Glanton feels his star could make an early decision.

"I really think he will narrow it down to three or four schools, take some visits this summer to get one on one time with the coaches, and I could see him making a decision right before the season starts. I know he wants to focus on the team because he knows we are ready to win here and I think he could commit early."

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.

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