'Coogs' Snag Ayers
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'Coogs' Snag Ayers

A long, winding recruitment road comes to an end at the University of Houston for Lancaster (Tx) athlete Demarcus Ayers.

It was in June that Lancaster (Tx) athlete Demarcus Ayers pulled the trigger with Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars, only to open things back up last month when receivers coach Eric Morris announced he would be headed back to Lubbock to join new skipper Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech.

This was days before Ayers and the Tigers were to play for a spot in the Texas 4A-II state championship (the program's first) in a highly-anticipated semifinal matchup with Wichita Falls Rider that resulted in a nail-biting double-overtime 26-19 win and a trip to Dallas Cowboys Stadium the following week.

And while their record-setting 14-1 run ultimately ended in a 17-7 loss to a scrappy Cedar Park squad amidst thousands on that state title stage, Ayers admitted it was an experience he would never forget, and one that would drive him into the next chapter.

The location of that next chapter was unknown for nearly two months. Then Ayers made his official visit to Houston.

"I really wasn't sure how it was going to be heading into it," Ayers admitted. "I mean, we'd rescheduled the visit two or three times before I finally got down there, so I didn't know where I stood with them.

"I had a real good talk with [Head] Coach Levine and Coach Middleton (outside receivers coach). They basically told me they have another guy they're looking at, but they've always preferred me. They told me how much they want me and how I could be able to come in and do big things for them right away… Coach Middleton said he wouldn't be surprised if I was lining up that first game. And that's when I knew. This is it. This is where I'm supposed to be."

Ayers noted he will play receiver, but could see time at cornerback if needed.

"Coach 'Spav' (Spavital, defensive backs coach) told me I'm athletic enough to play either. They already have three corners on scholarship, though, so I'll probably be used more on offense."

And while he was assured the same setup at Texas State (his official visit prior to Houston), shining in the Big East excited him.

"I had a great time at Texas State, and could see myself there, too," said Ayers, "but I feel like I'll get more exposure in the Big East than in the Sun Belt."

He will also be playing all home games at Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans - for the next year atleast- as Cougars await their new stadium set to open in August of 2014. The groundbreaking for the new stadium has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8.

"The new stadium's supposed to be awesome. But playing at the Texans' stadium won't be a bad deal, either."

Also not a bad deal: his cousin, Jherrod Stiggers, is a member of the men's basketball team.

"He said it's where I want to be right now with the big move to the Big East. I can change the face at UH."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder finished his senior season with videogame-like numbers, accounting for 41 scores and 3,340 yards at quarterback, running back and wideout, also seeing some time in the secondary, thus proving why the nickname "Mr. Do It All" was more than appropriate.