WA lineman high on Beavs, Cavanaugh

STEVEN AYERS shined during Oregon State's summer youth camp, netting a Beaver offer after the smash mouth activities had concluded. The 6-4, 275 pound offensive lineman out of Bellingham, Wash., traveled again to Corvallis not long ago for the OSU Preview Day. The Beaver staff made a big impression, and this could end up being a battle royale between the Beavs and their neighbors to the north.

In addition to Oregon State, Ayers holds offers from Washington State, Boise State, UNLV, Eastern Washington and Western Washington.

Ayers has some Cougar ties with his mom and three of her siblings having attended WSU and he's attended a number of Cougar games in Pullman over the years, often with his uncle. The UW is also certainly in the mix although the Huskies have not yet offered. But Oregon State has left a considerable impression on the hoss.

"I was able to visualize what it would be like if I were to go to Oregon State," said Ayers. "I got to go over and meet the coaches and got to know (OL) coach (Mike) Cavanaugh a little bit."

THE OSU CAMP and subsequent offer was big, but it was the Oregon State Preview Day that has made a decided impact on the Sehome High product.

"They did a real good job, I got a real good feel for the program," says Ayers. "I was really impressed with what I saw. It was a good day."

THE BOOK ON Ayers is that he's, in a word, explosive. His power clean best is a hefty 340 pounds. Other strength numbers include a 550-pound squat and a 340-pound bench press.

There are over 3 minutes of highlight clips available on his player page.

AYERS HAS BEEN busy this offseason, attending a number of camps and combines including the Scout.com combine in LA, and the camps at Oregon State, Oregon and the UW. Ayers said he may try to take an unofficial to UNLV before the summer ends. He also hopes to take all of his official visits before making a decision.

At the UW camp, Husky coaches told him they'd be keeping a close eye on him during the early part of his senior season.

"Washington's told me I'm high on their list but they've also told me they want to see a couple games," said Ayers.

Ayers was honorable mention all-league on offense and defense his junior season. He is also a track and field standout, competing in the siscus and shot.

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