Tech lands South Paulding CB Ayers

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

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.

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GTFizziks2011

June 19th, 2009
5:14 pm

Welcome to the Tech family, Ryan!

This is a huge pickup for us. We have now gotten commits from a full secondary, and all from Georgia.

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CPJ can recruit!

June 19th, 2009
5:24 pm

Another quality recruit for the Jackets. Welcome Ryan. You made the right choice!

Tide Rising

June 19th, 2009
5:24 pm

Huge pickup for the jackets! Congrats! Bama had the guy rated really high and we wanted another top caliber corner to go with the one we already picked up. Looks like Tech is really picking up the recruiting with CPJ.

Al

June 19th, 2009
5:25 pm

Let’s see McCoy, Bostic, Ayers and Bailey. I’d say Coach Johnson has first dibs on all of the state’s QUALIFIED prospects.

ed

June 19th, 2009
5:30 pm

georgia tech is actually getting a blue chipper from the state of georgia

Whats going on in this state???

June 19th, 2009
5:32 pm

That`s ANOTHER ONE Georgia wanted that tech stole!!!! That makes three!

Tom

June 19th, 2009
5:34 pm

Al, don’t forget Safety Isaiah Johnson (Sandy Creek) who had the red carpet rolled out for him by the UGA staff just days before committing to Tech. He also had offers from the likes of Miami, Ole Miss, Ok State, NCSU, S Carolina, Stanford.

That’s two of the top DB’s in-state that have chosen CPJ and Tech over UGA in the last week.

jacketbacker

June 19th, 2009
5:37 pm

way to go CPJ!!…..welcome ryan…..

Guys, please don't tell my mom I'm blogging and not studying for my Tech exam; she won't cut the crust off my sandwich

June 19th, 2009
5:39 pm

He’ll washout when UGA QB’s throw all over his stupid arse.

sswinfordawg

June 19th, 2009
5:40 pm

Let me first say, this kid has lost his mind.

I would then like to say congrats to Tech for picking up a good secondary in recruiting and would like to say congrats and good luck to the kid.

Tech always lands one or two recruits Georgia is going after so this doesn’t come as that much of a shock to me.

DoubleDawg

June 19th, 2009
5:41 pm

As a Dawg Fan, I have to admit this is a huge pick-up for GT. I have seen Ayers play in person, and quite frankly there was not nearly enough hype around this guy going into this commit IMO. He’s definitely legit. I begrudgingly congratulate you!

The Grinch

June 19th, 2009
5:42 pm

To Al

All the “qualified” athletes?? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Derrick Favors has yet to qualify so why was he offered? Oh yeah, because he can play hoops.

Yellow Fever

June 19th, 2009
5:42 pm

But can he do calculus?

Dawgtime

June 19th, 2009
5:43 pm

Congrats GT. I hear this young man is a great kid and player.

Maddog

June 19th, 2009
5:43 pm

I’ve heard nothing but good things about him as well. Nice pickup, GT.

jacketbacker

June 19th, 2009
5:43 pm

looks like all ugag is getting is gator discards!!…..keep the local players coming!!…. the mutt bandwagon will start to fall apart after they lose a couple of more to CPJ and the Jackets!!

45-42!!!!

THWG

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SEC

June 19th, 2009
5:49 pm

As a UGA fan, congrats on the pick up. Thats a good one. I would of loved to see him play for UGA but oh well.

Ogeechee Dawg

June 19th, 2009
5:55 pm

great pickup for the golden tornados. Would have liked to seen him play between the hedges. Wish him best success.

Voice of Reason

June 19th, 2009
5:59 pm

congrats Tech. Looks like you guys are getting a great player here.

GTGrad

June 19th, 2009
5:59 pm

Just a matter of time before we begin to DOMINATE the ACC and the mutts. A NC is not out of the question by 2010.

Saint Simons

June 19th, 2009
6:00 pm

45-42!!!!!Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

m

June 19th, 2009
6:01 pm

thank God and greyhound that Ayers is coming to tech.

RAMBLE ON!!

June 19th, 2009
6:01 pm

Enter your comments here

UGA fan

June 19th, 2009
6:01 pm

Great pickup for the Jackets. Glad to see him stay in Georgia. Jacketbacker, if you will notice, the guys coming to Tech say they can play sooner at Tech. Even to a Nerd, you should know that these guys know they cannot start at UGA anytime soon. Good decision by Ayers for all concerned but wish he had chosen UGA. Good job bugs.

RAMBLE ON!!

June 19th, 2009
6:02 pm

That was my imposter previously.

RAMBLE ON!!

June 19th, 2009
6:04 pm

looks like all ugag is getting is gator discards!!…..keep the local players coming!!…. the mutt bandwagon will start to fall apart after they lose a couple of more to CPJ and the Jackets!!

45-42!!!!

THWG

m

June 19th, 2009
6:05 pm

Let’s see McCoy, Bostic, Ayers and Bailey. I’d say Coach Johnson has first dibs on all of the state’s QUALIFIED prospects.

Al

June 19th, 2009
6:06 pm

Huge pickup for the jackets! Congrats! Bama had the guy rated really high and we wanted another top caliber corner to go with the one we already picked up. Looks like Tech is really picking up the recruiting with CPJ.

RAMBLE ON!!

June 19th, 2009
6:07 pm

Just a matter of time before we begin to DOMINATE the ACC and the mutts. A NC is not out of the question by 2010.

m

June 19th, 2009
6:08 pm

way to go CPJ!!…..welcome ryan…..

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 19th, 2009
6:08 pm

Damn we’re going to be good.

jacketbacker

June 19th, 2009
6:11 pm

Wow. Just a matter of time before we begin to DOMINATE the ACC and the mutts. A NC is not out of the question by 2010.

Calculus

June 19th, 2009
6:12 pm

Holy cow. Just a matter of time before we begin to DOMINATE the ACC and the mutts. A NC is not out of the question by 2010.

QUALIFIED Prospects

June 19th, 2009
6:13 pm

Man oh man. Just a matter of time before we begin to DOMINATE the ACC and the mutts. A NC is not out of the question by 2010.

db

June 19th, 2009
6:13 pm

Great news! We are lucky to get such a fine young man. Go Jackets!

chad

June 19th, 2009
6:15 pm

i can’t wait. Just a matter of time before we begin to DOMINATE the ACC and the mutts. A NC is not out of the question by 2010.

m

June 19th, 2009
6:16 pm

i tell you, looks like all ugag is getting is gator discards!!…..keep the local players coming!!…. the mutt bandwagon will start to fall apart after they lose a couple of more to CPJ and the Jackets!!

45-42!!!!

THWG

Native Atlantan

June 19th, 2009
6:17 pm

Ok…a 5′10″ guy to cover people like AJ Green and Marlon Brown who are both 6′4″? I’ll take the match up on Thanksgiving Saturday.

I’m sure Ayers is and will be a fine player. I’m pretty confident UGA will find some guys who can play corner.

Frank

June 19th, 2009
6:18 pm

Ramble On, thanks for the laugh on this post

“Just a matter of time before we begin to DOMINATE the ACC and the mutts. A NC is not out of the question by 2010.”

You are truly as delusional as any south carolina fan ever.

This blog is about a young man agreeing to play football at georgia tick and to him I say congratualtions on your decision, and I wish you the best in every game you play except the last regular season game each year. If things hold true to form, you will exit tech having never tasted victory against your instate rival.

THWGT!!!!

jdawg

June 19th, 2009
6:28 pm

Main thing is..not Ala or Auburn…we had a good kid out of Hiram (Paulding Co.) that played or is still..Lindley playing for Kentucky…but UGA does have a walk on from Paulding Co. that is on the depth chart…good kid….Ayers High School coach is one of the state’s best.

Surprised

June 19th, 2009
6:40 pm

18 out of the 20 dog posts on here have been incredibly humble and classy. Thanks guys.

SEC

June 19th, 2009
6:48 pm

If only the same could be said for the Tech fans

buzz is wiser

June 19th, 2009
7:39 pm

Best news I’ve gotten all day. Welcome to the flats Ryan. Coach said we we’re going to focus on the state and it seems like we’re doing just that. 75 days and counting til toe meets leather

GOJACKET5

June 19th, 2009
7:41 pm

ha i dont care if uga fans are nice or not i stil hate there a** and i know deep down inside that CPJ we be successful here! Hey dawg fans get use to loosing at least 3-4 games every year because you will not beat florida and you will not beat alabama when you play them and lsu is gonna stomp a mudd hole in your ass oh and by the way Tech is back

Lisa

June 19th, 2009
7:41 pm

Wow! I thought Paul Johnson would win 3 games his first year and not be able to recruit. Glad all the “experts” are stupid. Go Jackets!

GT Dog

June 19th, 2009
7:44 pm

Hmmm, proud of my fellow dogs. Nice posts. It will be interesting to see if M, RAMBLE ON, etc. have the ability to post mature comments on the UGA blog in the future?

Also, no surprise on CPJ getting good recruits. A quality coach all around. I’m glad we got him back in-state.

LSU fan

June 19th, 2009
7:50 pm

Never seen such a bunch of punk a++ smartalecs. You guys beat UGA once in 7 years and you simply cannot handle it with any class at all. You think you are world beaters. You embarass your school, the State of Georgia, and the ACC in the bowl game you were lucky enough to play in and now you think you have a right to shoot your mouths off. Just remember 38-3 on national TV and you were lucky to get 3. I truly hope we don’t meet you guys again in a bowl game. Our 3rd team is much more competition. We don’t even feel good about beating you in the

LSU fan

June 19th, 2009
7:51 pm

Chick Bowl. You are simply nothing to brag about.