Bennettsville (S.C.) Marlboro County linebacker Robert Ayers has all the ability that college coaches look for in a middle linebacker. He leads by example and wants the younger Bulldog players to share his goals for the 2003 football season.
“I need another ring, I want to get another championship,” said the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder. “I just want to be a leader and to help the younger kids, I want to have fun with it. Of course I want to be number one, but that’s not the reason I play, I play for championships.”
Ayers recently finished seventh in the South Carolina high school strength competition in the 220-pound division. He is getting ready to take on the challenge of deciding on which college to attend.
Ayers recently received offers from Maryland and Florida State to go with the ones he has received from South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee. He is currently drawing interest from a host of other schools including Miami, Florida, Virginia and Colorado.
“He’s (Head Coach Dean Boyd) sending video to Colorado, Tennessee, and all over the place,” said Ayers. “I didn’t think FSU and Miami would recruit me.”
The ‘Noles are apparently very high on Ayers.
“Kevin Steele, the linebacker coach of Florida State, said he’s the best linebacker out of 45 he’s seen on film. When I told Robert about the offer he got real excited.” Coach Boyd said.
The Gators have come calling as well.
“I never got a letter from Florida, but he (defensive coordinator Charlie Strong) just came up here to see me. Coach said it sounds like Florida is going to offer, too.” Ayers said.
Ayers is wide open at this point in his recruiting. He had this to say about what he’s looking for in his college choice and when he plans on making the decision.
“I don’t want to go to a school that doesn’t have a good defensive tradition. I want to play with a team that is going to win now and later, but I don’t mind playing for a up-and-coming team if they show promise,” he said. I want to play for a good coach and I don’t want to lose. The one thing that doesn’t affect me is distance. I read all the letters they (coaches) send. and I want to get it over with before signing day.”
Ayers has one camp scheduled and that’s the Nike camp at Blacksburg on the Virginia Tech campus.