2018 Eric Ayala to Announce His Decision Saturday

Eric Ayala, the 6-foot-5 combo guard out of Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy, will announce his college decision on Saturday at 5:00 pm ET. Miami, Oregon and Maryland remain for the four-star.

Ayala officially visited Miami and Maryland in late September followed by a trip to Oregon last week. Ayala considered moving into the 2017 class, eventually deciding to enroll at IMG Academy and remain in the 2018 class.

“It will just give me more time to make an educated decision,” Ayala told Rivals. “I felt like if I would have went to 2017, I would have rushed the decision. I feel ready physically and mentally but I want to make sure everything is right before committing to a school.”

Maryland is considered the heavy favorite, according to the industry-generated 247Sports CrystalBall, owning 91% of the current predictions. Ayala recently talked with ZAGSBLOG about his official to College Park.

“They’ve been recruiting me longer than any other school so the relationship is definitely there,” Ayala said. They want me to “come in and help them win even more then they have been. They feel I would fit right in with my winning background. The opportunity is there for me to come in and play right away. Coach [Mark] Turgeon plays his best players. He started three freshman, so that’s interesting.”

Ayala also considered Ohio State, LSU, Arizona, Indiana, Syracuse and Georgetown before eventually trimming to a final three. Overall, Ayala held over 25 D1 offers.

Maryland could land two huge gets in a twenty-four hour period. Five-star point guard Devon Dotson also has Maryland in his final two along with favored Kansas.

Ayala is ranked a composite four-star by 247, the 76th ranked player in the Class of 2018, the sixth ranked at his position of combo guard and the eleventh ranked high school player in the state of Florida. While playing with We R1 on the Under Armour circuit, Ayala averaged 14.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists over the sixteen game schedule.


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