Things may not have started out as fast for Arlington (Texas) Lamar senior Jeremy Ayisire, but coach Eddie Peach says that things are looking up for the talented young man who has fallen under the radar.
Several schools made their way out in the spring to check out both Ayisire and junior-to-be Chandler Spence, who is an all-around athlete. Peach says that Ayisire, now at 6-foot-5, 287 pounds, is back on track and could be approaching his first scholarship offers.
"The college coaches that came through here liked him on both sides of the football and he had never really played on offense," Peach said about his sleeper senior. "He had knee surgeries that caused him to miss his sophomore year. We were concerned about his agility for defense, so we gave him a shot on offense.
"He played really well at both and he's got experience at both now too."
Peach says that when Ayisire finishes his SAT/ACT, offers shouldn't be far off.
"He'll get offered," Peach said about Ayisire. "He's a big kid who can run and a player that's really matured. He's a little behind missing his sophomore year, but he's a great athlete."
The prospect that many coaches are already well aware of is 2008 defensive end and athlete Spence. While he's already getting looks on defense for his great frame at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, his special teams and quarterback skills are quite special.
"He'll be our starting defensive end and also our starting quarterback," Peach said about Spence. "He's a good athlete. He was an all-district punter too and averaged 43.2 yards as a sophomore. I've been in this business a long time and I've never seen a punter like that at his age.
"He had a long one last year that ended up finishing out at 81 yards. He's a great kid and a good student. Everybody that's seen him has had a big interest in him."