Guess who wants South Paulding’s Ayers now?

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Speedy cornerbacks with the ability to be surprisingly physical attract scholarship offers. And that, in a nutshell, is why Ryan Ayers is so popular these days.

At least 15 schools have gotten in ahead of the latest coach to authorize an offer to the South Paulding standout, but few carry the name recognition Steve Spurrier does. South Paulding coach Tim Glanton said Spurrier’s staff joined the scholarship-offering crowd last week.

Ayers, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior, has added the Gamecocks’ bid to scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Georgia and several others. Spurrier’s offer likely won’t be Ayers’ last. He has plans to visit Florida and Georgia and already has been to Georgia Tech.

The college recruiters aren’t looking at Ayers only. Spartans linebacker Broderick Sellers received an offer from Savannah State.

27 comments Add your comment

Diamond Dawg

May 18th, 2009
8:39 am

Dawg fan

May 18th, 2009
9:24 am

UGA is developing a powerhouse. Ayers would be a great addition.

Bubba

May 18th, 2009
9:38 am

I had to stop and make sure where Ryan went to school…South Paulding. I was sure he did not go to Tucker High School. Spurrier (and his South Carolina goons) are not allowed on the Tucker Campus.

Slow Freddie

May 18th, 2009
9:53 am

Diamond Dawg: Your comment obviously is the product of hours of research and spirited discussions with other idiots. How profound! Why aren’t others of the Bulldog Nation as clever?

Done

May 18th, 2009
10:37 am

UGA is developing a powerhouse? ROFL. Oh that’s funny. What are guys drinking in Athens that makes you so delusional?

Chris Medeiros

May 18th, 2009
10:38 am

Slow Freddie, Sometimes less is more. And what clever, insightful comment did you make?

Chris Medeiros

May 18th, 2009
10:42 am

Done, We average 10 wins every year. ESPN came to our spring game. Our QB went number 1 and our RB went number 12. There are more accolades that I will leave out and There is more to achieve. I would agree that UF has obviously been great recently, but UGA is one of the most recognizable schools in College football too. We have accomplished a lot in Richt’s time.

wiley

May 18th, 2009
10:55 am

Why did it not mention that georgia tech is his leader…he has stated it several times in interviews that GT is out in front.

tenn.DAWG

May 18th, 2009
11:05 am

Slow Freddie,name the SEC team that has had the most combined success in the three most important student athlete catagories in the time CMR has been coach at UGA,wins,academics,and NFL prospects.That’s right UGA,good job,your’re not so slow after all.

OcillaGeneral

May 18th, 2009
11:26 am

I don’t know Done, but whatever it is it seems to be good for 10 wins a season. Maybe Spurrier should see if he can order a case.

Jeff

May 18th, 2009
11:39 am

He is all speed. If you have ever watched him during an actual game he doesn’t even stand out on a terrible HS team.

Sweet Home Alabama

May 18th, 2009
11:57 am

GEorgia a powerhouse,thats a joke.the only thing that they are #1 is the pokey shuffle.

Dewayne

May 18th, 2009
12:46 pm

Hey Sweet, and your toilet bowl tide is #1 at choking in the big games!!! Roll tide down the hersey highway chokers!

BAMA STAN

May 18th, 2009
1:27 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

Hope this kid lands where he wants and gets a great education!!!

As for UGA being a powerhouse – under Richt, UGA is more nationally recognized than before. The only other times UGA had any staying power in the national elite was in the 40’s when they had a stellar backfield of and early 80’s.

Richt has done a fine job – but go outside the SE region and the perception of UGA is that of a typically good SEC team – respected – BUT – not in the same catagory of USC, OHIO STATE, FLORIDA (thanks to Spurrier and now Meyer), TEXAS, OKLAHOMA, ALABAMA, MICHIGAN, NOTRE DAME.

All programs will far on hard times – but you expect the PROGRAMS to be temporary due to the historic relevence of these “super powers”.

Now, I realize that ALABAMA fell on rough times – SELF INFLICTED – and we DESERVED what we went throught. However, ALABAMA was a powerhouse BEFORE the BEAR – DURING the Bear – and won a National Title after the BEAR in 92 – as well as being the best SEC West team in the 90’s -making 5 SEC Title Game appearances and adding NUMBER 6 in 2008 – the most in the SEC WEST.

I am talking about NATIONAL RECOGNITION – and UGA falls short nationally – but is obviously respected in the Southeast.

HOW does UGA creep into the National “ELITE” SUPER POWER STATUS – from a perspective of National recognition?

EASY – KEEP WINNING!!!!! for a long period of time – and rack up a few NATIONAL TITLES along the way, keep winning your bowl games and games on the national stage ……..SEE FLORIDA as a point of reference. UGA has to BE mentioned in conversations as an expected player in determining Conference and National Title winner year in and year out.

Look at Florida – decent history – but in the mid 80’s Florida had several top 10 finishes and started running with the SUPER POWERS – then comes STEVE SPURRIER – and he put FLORIDA on the National Recognition map – as Florida was a consistent NATIONAL POWER from 1990 to 2001. Spurrier’s dominance added to the perception that FLORIDA was there to stay as one of the SUPER POWERS. And URBAN has not disappointed.

Say what you will about Zook – but he never had a losing season at Florida in his short 3 years – and was 2 -1 against UGA. AGAIN – you expect the SUPER POWER programs to have off years – look at ZOOK (8-4, 8-4 and 7-5) then boom – here comes Urban!!! and Florida is again recognized as now considered a major player nationally – while UGA is considered a good SEC program trying to get there.

IS UGA a good enough program under RICHT to jump to that level??? TIME will tell – but I do not think UGA is a prime time team on a consistent basis. Certainly have the stadium, good looking uniforms (very fond of the black jersey’s – especially when you where them against BAMA) passionate fan base. BUT SOMETHING IS MISSING!!!! CAN’T PUT MY FINGER ON IT – BUT UGA seems to fall short just when they are breaking through.

UGA was on a roll and I thought they would be the next FLORIDA after 2005. However, your numbers and depth seem screwed up.

OFFENSE
Had to play Stafford as a true freshmen – your OL was good that year. Then as Stafford grew up – your OL was patchwork for two years. Now that your OL is looking good – you are starting over at QB.

DEFENSE – under Van Gorder – UGA defense was becoming a scary good unit – but under Martinez – defense does not strike any fear. If defense is good – but not great in 2009 – Martinez has to be replaced – unless you are fine with good defense. Good defenses don’t win you Titles – GREAT defenses win you Titles. In fairness – your defense numbers have been off due to weird injuries, etc. This will be a telling year for Coach Martinez.

As an SEC fan – I do wish all team the best (even Auburn) with the exception of Tennessee!!! I would like to see Tennessee go on hard times for several years – and blow throw several coaching staffs during the downward spiral!!!!

Best of luck to UGA against OK STATE – UGA needs this game for NATIONAL RECOGNITION – the SEC needs this game as well.

Lunch time is over!

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!

bank walker

May 18th, 2009
2:35 pm

Who cares about alabama? The subject is “Guess who wants Ryan Ayers”!
In other news: The President is thinking of making alabama’s spring game a national holiday!

Phoneguy

May 18th, 2009
3:11 pm

Geez Bama Stan, Would you please GO AWAY!!

Nobody cares about Alabama or your BlahBlah titles “YEARS AGO”!!!
For gods sake go on a Bama blog… Oh thats right, Computers havent been invented in Alabama yet……Sorry.

CJW80

May 18th, 2009
3:18 pm

Hey BamaStan , When people around the country talk about SEC Powerhouses Two Schools come up in conversation Florida and LSU, People judge programs every 10 years on ther accomplishments. So last ten years
4 BCS National Championships Between Them and another BCS sugar bowl win for LSU. Until Bama wins a a BCS national championship or
How about just a BCS game (Utah what the #$%@), At least GA has won a BCS game, Bama is not in anyone’s BCS powerhouse debate!!!!!!! Go TIGERS

olddawg

May 18th, 2009
3:22 pm

I think we have found the missing link……Bama Stan must be the 1 person that actually went to school at Bama.He may be the only one that can read and write……though he is a bit long winded…

Villa Rica DAWG

May 18th, 2009
3:34 pm

110 Days until we play OK State.

Dorsey Hill

May 18th, 2009
4:35 pm

Bama Stan,

Your team went from 6th in the SEC to 4th based on last year. Congrats you jumped Auburn and UT in 2008. But right now your still fourth. Bama still has some proving to do. You can put yourself in the same category as Notre Dame and say “so what we haven’t done anything since the early 1990’s” but a graduating senior in HS was 8 when you won your last SEC title and in the womb for the last NC.

Dawgtime

May 18th, 2009
4:46 pm

This young man is a future DAWG. Count on it.

Joe

May 18th, 2009
8:30 pm

Dawgtime,

GT is the leader for Ryan, he has stated it numerous times.

ThaDawgdude

May 18th, 2009
9:53 pm

Bama Stan is absolutely right about the depth at alternating positions issue, especially O-line then QB. I believe that alone probably kept us out of the SECCG 2 years ago. Then you add the defensive issues and it looks like we have actually overachieved on offense despite incosistency there as well as being conservative at times. For the last 4 or 5 seasons we have had most of the pieces of the championship puzzle but still miss one major piece here and there. That really caused the inconsistency the last few years. We were a DJ Shockley game against UF plus one play against Auburn away from the BCSCG in ‘05. We should have beat the pants off of UF that season.

Last year I believe it was all there as far as the players go before the injuries, even on the O-line. Its obvious that the coaches were slack on last years team and that was a carry over from the new persona that Richt began to adopt as fun loving and loose. That obviously backfired. The players didn’t work as hard in the offseason, they got in trouble, they lost focus, they got hurt and injured, then the coaches got soft on them in practice and we grossly underachieved.

Although we won 10, we should have won 14 in my opinion had our team taken care of itself all year leading up to the season. Those 10 wins were noticeably lackluster, we did not dominate in any game the way we should have and to be honest we looked out of shape most of the season. Lack of conditioning leads to mental breakdowns which lead to physical breakdowns. Just look at our defense and its plain as day. If we show up healthy and in shape this season we will probably be in the SECCG. Say what you want to but that is the case.

We can and should beat UF especially since its our turn to be extra motivated, although I have a feeling that UF will still be very motivated to play us. Hell, we were matched up well last year in spite of injuries but that game turned into a debacle and it snowballed (mental breakdowns). I believe we match up very well with them as long as we put the same team on the field that played the 3 or 4 games before them together. They ARE NOT more talented than UGA. They may be better coached and have been in certain areas.

We have areas that need to be improved but its hard to know how much without a healthy 2 deep at most positions. Yes, they were very young on defense especially and played very well. However, the 2 deep they had throughout the season was mostly in place before the season began. Now Im not taking anything from coach Strong by any means nor am I giving any extra to coach Martinez, but we just did not have a healthy 2 deep at any point during last season and definitely not for any combination of games. If we are consistently healthy this season and we lose any game because of defense then Martinez has to go. We have the talent and the depth at all positions. We may be young in some areas but that doesn’t matter anymore as long as they are coached up (see UF D). Players are mostly physically ready coming out of high school now a days and just need to know the system and the situations.

Getting back to inconsistency in depth between positions, that should be remedied now with the consistent recruiting we’ve had. We should be fine at QB with juniors and seniors ready to start for the next 4 years. All other positions look good depth wise. I think we need a few more D linemen to step in after this season so that may be a point of concern as well as at reciever with the recent graduates, injuries, and disqualifications. I think we’ll be good all around though and then it will come down to plain old coaching, conditioning, staying healthy, and a few playmakers that are leaders.

I personally fell that we need a few more tall rangy type corners. The Paul Oliver type is what Im thinking of but with passing grades. I think we will have that with the new guys J. Love and of course B. Smith is a prototypical cover corner. I think we actually recruited the shorter quicker guys to match up with UF’s offense. Worked for one game in ‘07, didn’t really work out in ‘08. We have been generally undersized in our secondary and linebackers in the Richt era with the exception of the now NFL linebackers we had playing the safeties for 3 or 4 years. Our secondary and linebackers will have good size and speed the next few seasons with the new guys we got coming in. OK, Im done.

Thanks for your time

ThaDawgdude

May 18th, 2009
9:54 pm

Wow, I wrote a freakin essay! Had a lot to say I guess. Done for real this time.

pj

May 18th, 2009
11:11 pm

I actually totally agree with Bama Stan. I’m a 26 year uga season ticket holder (family is at least, I started going at age 6) and he’s right… the 40’s and 80’s were huge. Other than that, the dawgs have been sort of like the Michigan State of the SEC (maybe a little better than that). I love my dawgs, but we aren’t a national SUPERpower. We’re a power, no doubt – a top 10-12 program for sure. As I see it, here are the top PROGRAMS overall, when the all-time factor is included. (not in any particular order at all)
Michigan
Notre Dame
Oklahoma
Texas
Alabama
USC
Ohio State

After that, you have a solid group that includes Georgia, Tennesee and Florida in the SEC, Penn State, Miami, FSU, etc.

Being in the top 10(ish) is nothing to be ashamed of. I’m proud to be a dawg. Let’s just not inflate the reality of what is. 15 years of UGA winning 6 more SEC titles and 2 national championships might slide us into the top 6 or 7 – so let’s all hope for that!

Brian

May 25th, 2009
1:33 pm

Heyy Jeff…yes, I have seen him play. IF you have, you would notice an incredible nose for the ball and even more desire to take your head off. S Paulding has only been in existance for 3-4 years, so of course they haven’t had much success, but they will in due time. Ayers will set his future up best if he goes to UGA. Nuff said.

pj

June 4th, 2009
3:26 pm

I’m a student at SPHS….as a new school it would be great for our school’s recognition for him to go to UGA or GT