Alabama offers Ayers

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Alabama became the latest school to offer South Paulding cornerback Ryan Ayers a scholarship Wednesday. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban confirmed the offer in a conversation with Ayers’ coach, Tim Glanton.

Ayers, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior, continues to rack up the offers. Alabama’s comes two days after South Carolina jumped in during a metro-area sweep in which it has concentrated on bolstering its future secondary.

Georgia Tech and Georgia are still in the mix, but Ayers plans are to visit Florida and Georgia in the not-too-distant future.

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Dogger

May 21st, 2009
7:04 am

Why does Tech not have the NCAA investigating them for recruiting violations. IT’s a rule that you can’t simulate a game for a recruit. Tech does that EVERY single time they take a recruit into their empty stadium.

GTMike

May 21st, 2009
7:32 am

Ah, the wisdom and intelligence of Dawg fans once again making itself visible on the blogs of the AJC. Whenever I want a laugh, or need to be reminded how idiotic Dawg fans can be, I just come on here to look at the latest Dawgie drool. Keep it up, Dawgies, we love watching you make public idiots of yourselves!

Technoid

May 21st, 2009
7:51 am

Dogger, good point. Why ya gotta rub it in?

All Dawgs Are ButtLickers

May 21st, 2009
8:02 am

Hey, YellerSkeeter, I see you are still displaying your jealousy of Tech and your homosexual tendencies. Hopefully, you will overcome both. I wish you well.

e

May 21st, 2009
8:20 am

I think there is tape of them winning in a very full Sanford Stadium last year.

Percy Harvin

May 21st, 2009
8:32 am

Yeller are you saying that you got beaten at home, after being up 16 at the half, by g@y nerds? What does that say about you? I’ve got an iq of 70 and I can put that together. And as for the MIGHTY GATORS, tremble with fear and talk about how this year will be different. ha ha, lmao

Gator Bite

May 21st, 2009
8:43 am

Dogs, you’re making the conference look bad with your weak (yes ASU was sooo baaaad this year) out of confernece schedule. If the only legit team you play out of conference is Tech, you gotta win that one. I don’t care if you are the 4th are 7th best team in the sec (fight it out with the vols, auburn, ole miss & ark) you gotta win the out of conference otherwise it might hurt our chances of making the title game.

Dave In Tampa

May 21st, 2009
9:13 am

Gator Bite: Who does Florida open with this year?

Rocky Redwood

May 21st, 2009
9:32 am

What does any of your comments have to do with Ryan Ayers or AL? Congrats to this young man.

Build a fence

May 21st, 2009
9:44 am

Got to build a fence around Georgia and keep recruits like him in. Nick Saban has already nabbed the top offensive linemen in the state in Juwan James. This should not happen. I think he got a couple others already too.

Ben

May 21st, 2009
9:50 am

Ugh. Gator Bite… Flordia consistently has the weakest non-conference schedule in the SEC. You want to trade? I’d love to see UF open against Okie State.

All you have is FSU, who have become such a non-factor in the last eight years it’s rediculous.

gatorman770

May 21st, 2009
9:53 am

I doubt he’ll ever be a Gator since we already have 4 or 5 secondary commitments for 2010. We need receivers for John Brantley’s passing barrage next year and the year after.

Maddog

May 21st, 2009
9:59 am

Build a fence – I believe Lane Kiffin has tried that approach unsuccessfully.

It’s hard to keep all the talent in state when (1) the state is as talent rich as Georgia, and (2) so many excellent programs are just a short (or medium) drive away.

Regarding Bama, are they planning their usual 27-30 signees for next year?

BigGCock

May 21st, 2009
10:07 am

Ryan – Why go to UGAY or UA when you can come to “DB U”? That’s what ESPN said anyway when SCAR was voted the #2 DB University based on the number of startes in the NFL:
- Sheldon Brown (2nd round)
- Dunta Robinson (1st round)
- Andre Goodman (3rd round)
- Jonathan Joseph (1st round)
- Ko Simpson (4th round)
- Fred Bennett (2nd round)

And 3 starter from SCAR’s secondary were drafted (late) in 2009. This is all in the last 5-7 years. No one else can compete w/ those numbers in the secondary.

GTJacket

May 21st, 2009
10:41 am

Gator Bite

May 21st, 2009
10:57 am

Dave in Tampa, Who we open with is not the question (typical dvmb dog fan). We dont’ loose our out of conference games (or the one the first week of November). Oh, and when you speak to a Gator you start and finish with 49-10 (or 16 outa 19). Like this “49-10, Gator Bite: who do the Gators open with this year, 49-10?” or for you “16 outa 19, Gator Bite: uh, uh who do Florida, uh uh, do you want to supersize that, uh open with this year, the dawgs dominate everbody they are my life and the greatest, 16 outa 19?
We win National Championships, you brag about your recruiting classes and loose to a bunch of brainiac nerds at home. You should move to the acc, but your admission standards aren’t high enough.

Tide rising

May 21st, 2009
11:04 am

Maddog,

We got a lot of criticism for signing 32 players for the class of 2008 and a lot of know nothing people were saying that we were oversigning and that guys were going to have their schollies yanked because we oversigned,etc.

What no one seems to mention is the simple fact that when reporting time came in August we actually came in 1 or 2 players under the limit. Saban already knew there was going to be attrition for medical scholarships, guys that would transfer, 2 went pro baseball, a couple didn’t qualify, etc.

I think he knows better what’s going on with the scholarship numbers then a sports columnist or an AJC blogger and the fact that he came in with schollies to spare when reporting time came just proves it.

The Grinch

May 21st, 2009
11:35 am

To Gator Bite

So the dog fans are stupid? You said we “loose” to a bunch of braniac nerds. “Loose”?? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Also, if the yellow jackets qualify as brainiacs then how would you describe the ole miss rebels? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

GTJacket didn't finish the math problem

May 21st, 2009
11:37 am

45 – 42 = 3

GTJacket didn't finish the math problem

May 21st, 2009
11:38 am

Thought you guys were supposed to be good at math.

jjbamaman

May 21st, 2009
11:40 am

I’m sure this kid, Ryan will do good wherever he goes, but his best chance of going to the pros would be with Coach Saban. The states of Texas, Georgia and Florida seem to consistently have the best high school programs in the south. I wish the best for this kid and the Crimson Tide.

Maddog

May 21st, 2009
11:43 am

jjbamaman – I don’t doubt for a minute that Saban is a great coach, but I’m still puzzled why many fans (choose your school) will say their coach is the best path to the NFL. I believe CMR has done an outstanding job channeling young men to the pros. Many other coaches in the SEC and ACC can say the same, so I don’t see how making that claim can be in your favor. Just sayin….

GTJacket didn't finish the math problem

May 21st, 2009
11:45 am

I mean, you DID take that tough calculus class at GT didn’t you, GT Jacket? The way many of you GT fans talk, you discovered a more difficult “strain” of calculus that really distinguishes your curriculum from the rest of the world.

[...] AJC: Ryan Ayers, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior, continues to rack up the offers. Alabama’s comes two days after South Carolina jumped in during a metro-area sweep in which it has concentrated on bolstering its future secondary. [...]

JB

May 21st, 2009
1:10 pm

did i see a Gator talk about UGA’s OOC games?????? AZ. St and Oki St, Ga Tech vs Charleston Southern….. He’s kidding right ?

Tide rising

May 21st, 2009
2:12 pm

This kid may get just a little better coaching at Bama because the head coach is his position coach since Saban was a db and has coached dbs all his life.

Same thing if you’re a qb and you go to UGA. You may be a little better coached than say if you went to Bama since I think the head coach CMR was also a qb.I don’t know if he coaches the qbs now at UGA . But since he was an offensive coordinator I would think a qb prospect would be better off at UGA.

But I would be very careful in making a blanket statement such as a player has a better chance of going into the pros because Saban is coaching him. Saban is a good coach but then so is Meyer, CMR, Miles, Spurrier, Petrino. Hell, I don’t even know if there are any bad coaches in the sec except maybe Kiffin based on his pro record.

Its ludicrous for any one fan to state that any particular player has the best route to the NFL by going to his particular school that he’s a fan of. The only edge I could see him getting is if his head coach also is his position coach. Then and only then could I see a player as legitimately having a little better chance of getting to the nfl due to his coaching. And even then I don’t think its a huge advantage by any means. Anywhere you go in the sec you are going to get good coaching.

dawgpound

May 21st, 2009
3:07 pm

Gator Bite
We dont’ “loose” our out of conference games. I don’t understand that statement??????? Are the out of conference games too tight?????? Why would you want to “loose” them?????? Maybe you don’t LOSE them, but “LOOSE” them is a mystery?!?!?!?!?!?!??!

Bob

May 21st, 2009
3:45 pm

GTJacket didn’t finish the math problem

Thank you for finishing that problem. 45-42 does indeed equal 3. Thank you for recognizing that. You are on par with your UGA basketball teams back in the day. Again, how many points is a 3 point shot worth in basketball???

And here’s a hint GTJacket didn’t finish the math problem , you already answered this question.

And another for you, stfu you clown.

GTJacket didn't finish the math problem

May 21st, 2009
4:06 pm

To Bob

Nice name. My, aren’t we the keyboard cowboy. So tough and all. Were you listening to some Village People musich to get worked up? “stfu”?? Do you have “BFF”’s? “OMG”! Really?!? “LOL”!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! What an adolescent.

By the way, I believe Harrick left a looooooonnggg time ago. About the time your ex football coach – who lied on his resume – played ineligbile players. How long did he play them? Wasn’t it “3″ years? Maybe that’s what the 3 meant.

Oh yeah, and answer me this – CPJ says he is going to compete with georgia for the top talent in the state. How can that be? After all, many of you tech minions claim UGA recruits the dumb athletes while tech recruits the smart ones. Reggie Ball? Stephon Marbury???

“LOL”…..”OMG”…..”stfu”…..”ROFL”…..”LMAO”…………..

Jarius Wynn

May 21st, 2009
4:09 pm

Percy, I’l have you now I made just as gud as u (12) on that wonduh licked test and I didnt haf to be baked to do it (as far as n e buddy nows, n e way)

Rodney King

May 21st, 2009
4:36 pm

Can’t we all just get along?

H OBAMA

May 21st, 2009
5:18 pm

I AM LOOKING INTO A RECRUITING TAX AGAINST THE BIG SCHOOLS AND GIVE THE REVENUE TO THE LESS INSPIRED SCHOOL AFTER I TAKE MY CUT OF COURSE.. WATCH OUT

Elephant Slayer

May 21st, 2009
9:04 pm

The Gator Nation WILL win the National Championship for the 3rd time in 4 years! Dynasty in the making! All of you elephants need to realize that Saban does not have a chance against Urban and will get stomped IF you make it past Ole Miss. I look forward to playing Ole Miss in the SEC Championship!

[...] Re: 2010 Alabama Commitments and Prospects List (Updated 5/21) CB Ryan Ayers has an Alabama offer. Alabama offers Ayers [...]

#1 BAMA FAN

May 22nd, 2009
11:41 am

Hey Elephant Slayer….I have heard the GATOR NATION run their mouths before. Urban knows how it feels to get beat by the TIDE (see first years score) Are you referencing OLE MISS because you could not beat them at home? I believe we beat them last year. Good luck this year but I wouldn’t run that mouth….RTR

Elephant Slayer

May 22nd, 2009
12:58 pm

You wouldn’t run your mouth simply because you can not back it up. The Gator Nation has done so three of the last 4 years! One or two losses did not stop our quest for the National Championship, but a loss by the elephants in the SEC Campionship to the mighty Gators did stop yours! I do not believe the elephants have what it takes to get past Ole Miss this year and look forward to playing them in the SEC Championship. Saban is not the coach the elephant fans are hoping he will be, no matter what players he recruits.

GTRoy

May 22nd, 2009
3:44 pm

SecIsFootball

May 22nd, 2009
10:15 pm

Elephant Slayer…based on last year, I dont believe UF has what it takes to beat Ole Miss this year. I mean, you couldnt beat them at home so I seriously doubt you can beat them on the road…..just sayin.

South Paulding Parent

May 23rd, 2009
4:40 am

This year will be South Paulding’s 4th year as a High School… 2nd year that the games actually count. I am amazed that Ryan is garnering this much attention. He is a great kid, very quick and strong, but has hardly been such a stand-out player. All I can say is that what Coach Glanton is short of in coaching ability, he makes up for in his ability to get Colleges to look at the players in a very favorable light. It is quite the dilema for us parents because Glanton is really a boneheaded football coach but works so hard to get the kids to the next level. My best advice for Ryan is to hurry up and committ to some team that will honor the verbal… hurry up and do it before the season starts.

GT computer nerd with UGA boss

May 23rd, 2009
6:33 pm

I’m so glad we FINALLY beat UGA this year since all my friends from UGA tease me about being a nerd. I’ve waited the past 7 years in my moms basement just waiting for this moment so there is NO WAY I’ll let you dawg fans forget that the score to the game was 45-42. By the way I’m so excited about this new star trek moving coming out, do any other loser techies want to meet up with me and watch it? From my basement window I can see my neighbor (a UGA grad) who seems to have a great life and I’m very jelous so I post blogs all day about how we layed the smack down on them, hahahahahahahahahaahahahahhahahahahahaha!!!!!!

SpreadToption

May 25th, 2009
7:07 am

The 2008 College football State Champions are Georgia Tech. 45-42, nuff said.

THWG, GO JACKETS!!!

PunishEmDawg

May 25th, 2009
8:03 pm

spreadtoption, You Freakin’ Nerd! Get back in your cubicle until I summon you 8 years from now to update the computer network that controls the sprinklers between my beloved hedges. Guess we’ll take that beehind out to the woodshed in ‘09 and administer a true wreck the likes of 51-10 or worse and not to run and have “championship” rings made…for a 3-pt squeaker of victory. Dorks! Go Dawgs! Punishem!

PunishEmDawg

May 25th, 2009
8:09 pm

Ryan, congrats on the offers to have your college education paid for. That is a tremendous accomplishment that I hope you will take advantage of under Coach Mark Richt and the Dawgs rather than out of state; but, now matter where you choose to continue your education, make good on the opportunity. Go Dawgs!

Mutts-R-Stupid-especially-journalism-majors

May 26th, 2009
8:43 am

UGAY is in deep do do with the ncaa, the death-penalty is still on the table if the ugly mutts git caught cheating just one more time.

Villa Rica DAWG

May 26th, 2009
9:24 am

South Paulding Parent:

I too am a South Paulding Parent, of a Freshman/soon to be sophomore player.

How can you say that about Coach Glanton? He is a good coach with GREAT morals. Look at his tenure at East Paulding and what he did to put that school on the map. I’m sorry, but the last two seasons haven’t truly counted either… Nothing against any kid in particular, but there just hasn’t been much to choose from.

The fruits of Coach Glanton’s labor, and that of his players, will soon be realized.

I’ll finish by saying that I think it would be next to impossible for a “bonehead coach” to convince all of these GREAT football coaches that a player is better than what he actually is. There is a saying, maybe you’ve heard it, “If when looking around you find that everyone else is wrong, then perhaps you should look in the mirror.”

Way to go Ryan. Please pick the Dawgs!

Daniel

May 26th, 2009
5:30 pm

Congrats Ryan, I hope you choose Tech! I think you will really enjoy everything that Tech has to offer. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Jackets!!

THWG

Oh i want to ask this question to any bulldog fans: Does anyone actually think that the bulldogs will beat Florida?

University of Gay Athletes

May 27th, 2009
1:39 am