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Is Ayers still solid

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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 state’s dominant defensive ends the last two years. He’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.
“Cal was a good trip,” Ayers said. “I 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.
“Cal has a very good football program and they’re building something there. I know I would fit in well but saying all that, I’m still committed to UCLA and my commitment is very solid.
“When I compare Cal and UCLA, to be honest, it’s pretty close. There really aren’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.
“I’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.
“I’m not taking any more visits and won’t have anyone else in for home visits. USC came to my school a few weeks ago and offered me but it’s pretty late in the process right now and I’m not looking at them.
“I don’t know if things would be different if they offered sooner, I’ve actually always liked the Bruins. Like I said, I’m solid with my commitment right now and looking forward to signing with UCLA in February.”
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