By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
South Paulding cornerback Ryan Ayers committed to Georgia Tech today, his high school coach Tim Glanton confirmed moments ago. It gives the Yellow Jackets their second pledge from a high-profile prospect in as many weeks.
Ayers, a speedy 5-foot-10, 175-pound rising senior, is considered the consensus top cornerback in the state. He liked Georgia Tech from the start, and even while he was receiving offers from the Georgias, Alabamas and Auburns of the college football world, had to constantly downplay the notion that the Jackets were clearly in the lead.
In the end, however, his first love won out.
Attempts to reach Ayers were not immediately successful, but Glanton, asked if his cornerback had made the commitment, e-mailed simply, “Yes.”
For the Jackets, Ayers’ commitment strengthens a 2010 class that last week was bolstered by the commitment of Jefferson County quarterback Barry Bostic, who figures to play in the secondary in college.