SPARTANBURG, S.C.-Bennettsville (S.C.) Marlboro County defensive end Jayson Ayers is hoping a great week of practice at the 69th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas clears up the recruiting picture for him a bit.
Tennessee, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State all have been recruiting the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder while Division I-AA schools Coastal Carolina, Savannah State and South Carolina State.
"I just want to come down here and do a good job and try and impress come coaches that may not be looking at me," Ayers said. "I just want to have fun really."
Ayers, the brother of Tennessee defensive end Robert Ayers, finished his senior season with 124 tackles and seven sacks. An experienced prospect, Ayers believes that is his best attribute on the field.
"It's probably that I know the game real good and I know where to be at," Ayers said. "And then I always have my strength."
He will get a chance to show off his strength this week as he works against several talented players along the South Carolina offensive line and then on Saturday when he squares off against the talented North Carolina offensive line, which includes top-flight prospects Carl Johnson and Hutch Eckerson.
Ayers, a two-star rated prospect, was ranked as the No. 27 overall prospect in the state of South Carolina in the Rivals.com preseason South Carolina top 40.