Running back/safety Kevin Ayers (5-11, 185, 4.4) from Lynwood, Calif., has the ability to play on either side of the ball on the collegiate level. Ayers has outstanding bloodlines as his older brother is UCLA redshirt freshman linebacker Akeem Ayers.
Ayers earned all-league honors as a linebacker after accounting for 45 tackles, one pass deflection, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry. As a running back, Ayers rushed for over 700 yards and six touchdowns.
Though he played mostly linebacker as a junior the smart money is on Ayers playing safety or running back on the D-I level.
"Kevin is good enough to play on either side of the ball," Lynwood coach Mark Williams said. "But he probably projects as a safety.
As a running back, he's bruising, physical and powerful, but has enough speed to break the long run. He has the potential to be even faster with some training.
Ayers brings the same type of physical, aggressive play that he possesses on offense to the defensive side of the ball. He's a ball hawk and he has incredible closing speed. He's an incredible hitter who has tremendous upside on the defensive side of the ball.
There are some who feel that the younger Ayers will be just as big of a recruit out of high school as his brother was before he signed with UCLA.
In the early going Arizona, Oregon and UCLA have showed some interest in Ayers.
What is Ayers looking for a college?
"I'm looking for a school that has a good work study program and a good college environment," Ayers said. "Good academics will also be a factor.
"I want to play for a school with a good team and a good coaching staff."
In the weight room Ayers benches 275, squats 385 and has recorded a 30-inch vertical jump.