2010: Ayles will compete for the starting tight end job as a junior in 2010. He missed most of 2010 spring drills with various injuries, including an ankle sprain and a concussion.
2009: Ayles served as a sophomore backup tight end in 2009. Overall in 2009 while appearing in 8 games (all but Washington, Stanford, UCLA and Arizona), he had 7 receptions for 87 yards (12.4 avg.). He had 2 catches for 22 yards against San Jose State, a 23-yarder grab against Washington State, a 29-yarder at California, a 10-yarder at Notre Dame and a 3-yarder at Oregon. He sprained his knee and ankle prior to the Stanford game, which forced him out of USC's final 4 contests. He had a procedure to correct heart arrhythmia in 2009 fall camp. He missed 2009 spring practice while recuperating from a knee injury.
2008: Ayles served as an often-used backup tight end as a first-year freshman in 2008. Overall in 2008 while appearing in 9 games (all but California, Notre Dame, UCLA and Penn State), he had 6 catches for 41 yards (6.8 avg.) with 1 TD (a 1-yarder against Ohio State). He had 2 receptions for 24 yards versus Arizona State. He sprained his knee at Washington and missed the California game, then re-injured it prior to the UCLA game and had arthroscopic surgery that sidelined him for the Notre Dame, UCLA and Penn State contests.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2007 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American first team, Scout.com All-American second team, ESPN 150, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest Offensive MVP, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star Lineman of the Year, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Trinity League Co-Offensive MVP as a senior tight end and defensive end at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High. He had 51 receptions for 723 yards (14.2 avg.) with 8 TDs on offense in 2007, plus had 8 sacks on defense.
As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star first team, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Trinity League first team. He had 43 catches for 617 yards (14.3 avg.) with 3 touchdowns in 2006 as Orange Lutheran went 14-1 and won the 2006 CIF Pac-5 Division and the California state Division II championships.
He made the 2005 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team while catching 36 passes for 469 yards (13.0 avg.) with 6 TDs.
He started as a freshman. Current Trojan Michael Reardon also prepped at Orange Lutheran.
He also was on the track team at Orange Lutheran, with bests of 193-6 in the discus throw (he won the 2008 CIF Division III, Orange County Championship and Trinity League meets, was second in the California state meet and was fourth at the CIF Masters meet) and 51-7 3/4 in the shot put (he was third at the 2008 CIF Division III meet). He also sprinted and triple jumped.
He was named the 2007-08 Cal-Hi Sports State Division III Athlete of the Year and Orange County Register Boys Athlete of the Year.
PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC.
BLAKE AYLES ON: His 1-yard touchdown catch against Ohio State in 2008: "When the ball was in the air, I thought to myself, 'I better not look stupid right now.'...When they called the play, I was a little surprised. Actually, I was really surprised. I got a little nervous all of a sudden. I kept thinking, 'Uh, oh. Uh, oh. Uh, oh.'"
WHAT OTHERS SAY: Jeff Miller, Orange County Register: "He's not a reserved, cliché-spewing player trying to blend into the USC program like a grass stain. Ayles has a personality and isn't afraid to use it. In high school, he sometimes grew his hair long, at least when he wasn't shaving his head bald...He isn't shy about sharing his thoughts, especially when those thoughts could produce a laugh."
Former USC quarterback Aaron Corp, Ayles' high school teammate: "I would say Blake's a little off. But he's a football player. He doesn't really care what people think of him...If nothing else, Blake will hit you hard."
Former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez: "He's a wild guy. He makes people laugh. He's the kind of guy you see riding by on the handlebars. He's a lot of fun to be around...He's got this competitiveness about him. He wants to win every play."
GAME-BY-GAME WITH BLAKE AYLES