Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei athlete Akeem Ayers was an early season commitment for UCLA and solidified himself this year as a top 100 player nationally in our eyes. After a recent official visit to Cal this past weekend, how solid is his commitment?
Ayers, 6-2, 215 pounds will play linebacker in college but has been one of the stateâ€™s dominant defensive ends the last two years. Heâ€™s a tremendous pass rusher but showed the athleticism this past year to make the transition to linebacker in college.
After committing to the Bruins, Ayers said he wanted to take a couple of visits to have something to compare UCLA to. He tripped to Colorado in November and was at Cal this past weekend.
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â€œCal was a good trip,â€ Ayers said. â€œI really liked the campus and the city of Berkeley as well. I met a lot of great people and really liked the players and coaches on the team a lot.
â€œCal has a very good football program and theyâ€™re building something there. I know I would fit in well but saying all that, Iâ€™m still committed to UCLA and my commitment is very solid.
â€œWhen I compare Cal and UCLA, to be honest, itâ€™s pretty close. There really arenâ€™t a lot of differences between the two schools but the main reason I have UCLA on top is the connection I have with the coaches.
â€œIâ€™ve really bonded with all the coaches at UCLA and especially Coach Walker. He called me right after I got back from Cal and asked me what I was thinking and if I was still solid. I told him I was and I was ready to be a Bruin.
â€œIâ€™m not taking any more visits and wonâ€™t have anyone else in for home visits. USC came to my school a few weeks ago and offered me but itâ€™s pretty late in the process right now and Iâ€™m not looking at them.
â€œI donâ€™t know if things would be different if they offered sooner, Iâ€™ve actually always liked the Bruins. Like I said, Iâ€™m solid with my commitment right now and looking forward to signing with UCLA in February.â€