The waiting game for an Eric Ayala classification decision will continue for a few more months.
According to a report from Jerry Meyer from 247Sports, Ayala is targeting an August decision in regards to what he’ll be doing for the 2017-18 season.
“I’ll probably make a decision after July,” Ayala told Meyer over the weekend at an Under Armour Association event. “I don’t really know what I’m going to do as of right this second, but you know I’m still just taking it one day at a time and just trying to take my time with it.”
Ayala still has quite a few schools recruiting him, but not all of them are involved for the 2017 class. He has 23 total offers, he said, and listed Arizona, Oregon, Syracuse, Miami, Indiana, LS, Kansas, Maryland and UConn as some of the schools he’s most interested in.
“Eric changes his mind like the weather,” his coach at Putnam Science Academy, Tom Espinosa, said. “Sometimes he tells me that he’s definitely coming back. Then he’s going to the next day. He doesn’t know right now.”
Grades aren’t an issue with Ayala. It will truly come down to where he can make the biggest impact, and where he feels the most comfortable.
“If I feel like I can come in right away in ‘17 and make an impact on the offensive end or defensive end, or just the game period, then that will go into consideration,” Ayala said. “People leave, people go, grad transfers all that goes into play in my decision.”
And physically, he believes he’s ready to make the step to the next level right now.
“My body is definitely where I want it to be to go into college right now, but we still go work to do. I’m not complacent.”
Syracuse has one remaining scholarship for the 2017-18 season. The Orange are currently recruiting Ayala and South Florida graduate transfer Geno Thorpe to fill that last spot.