The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

May 19, 2014

Ayers brothers thankful for rare chance in college

In the grand scheme of things, not many athletes get the chance to play in college. It’s even more rare to get to do so with a sibling at the same school.

That’s why brothers Taron Ayers and Jaquan Ayers understand the blessing they have been given.

The two will be playing different sports — basketball for Taron, football for Jaquan — but both will be starting their college careers at Glenville State in the fall.

“It’s unbelievable,” Taron said. “Not a lot of people can say they get to go to college to pursue their (athletics) dream, and at the same school as their brother. We’ve always been together. We’re real close. He goes where I go, and vice versa.”

“I am very excited,” added Jaquan. “That makes it a big plus.”

Taron and Jaquan were standouts at Summers County before transferring to Wyoming East in December. Taron was late in joining the Warriors basketball team while eligibility issues were ironed out. He wound up honored on the Class AA all-state third team.

Jaquan was a fullback/linebacker on the Summers football team that hosted a playoff game for the first time in school history in November. He was rewarded with selection to the Class AA all-state honorable mention team.

He played baseball at Wyoming East this spring but recently left the team.

Going to college together was something both players had hoped could happen.

“It was definitely in the back of my mind,” Jaquan said. “I’m glad it worked out.”

“When he signed to play football and they (Glenville) were recruiting me, that made my decision a little easier,” Taron said.

They will get a taste of the college experience together, at least from a distance. Yeah, they’ll be hanging out, but both agree sharing a dorm room may be a bit too much.

“He’s not too fond of (the idea),” Taron said.

“I’m not big on us rooming together,” Jaquan confirmed. “He’s kind of uptight and needy. After practice, I would rather get my rest. We’ve been pretty much rooming together our whole lives anyway.”

They may be close, but they still need their space.

— E-mail: gfauber@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter @GaryFauber.

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