SMU enters mix for Wazzu commit

Washington State commit Demarcus Ayers recently picked up an offer from SMU. Is he interested?

With Mike Leach taking over as head coach, it comes as no surprise that Washington State is making a bit of a dent when it comes to recruiting in Texas. The Cougars have landed three commits from the Lone Star State so far including Lancaster athlete Demarcus Ayers, who gave his verbal in June.

"I decided to commit to Washington State because they basically offered me what nobody else did, which is the opportunity to play early and learn from someone who recently played the position," Ayers said. "I have a really good relationship with Coach (Eric) Morris, and he said I can be even better than he was. I really respect Coach Leach, and everything he's done. I think it would be really awesome to play in his offense."

But recently Ayers has been hearing from quite a few new schools such as Arizona State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, and SMU. With 15 offers, the two-star prospect is exploring all his options and making sure he didn't pull the trigger too quickly.

"My commitment to Washington State right now is really solid, but I'm open to listening to other schools. If they contact me, I'm going to listen because you never know what can happen when it comes to recruiting. I'm really high on Illinois and now SMU is in the mix, and I like them."

SMU offered Ayers just last week, and the local product already has intentions of making an official visit and hopes to keep in close contact with new wide receivers coach Jason Phillips.

"Last week, I got an email from Coach Phillips, and he said to give him a call so I did. He told me I had an offer and that I was really high on their board," Ayers said, "He said he wanted me to play receiver for them so I'm definitely interested. It's an air raid type of offense so I think I could be a good fit."

Earlier this summer, Ayers got a first-hand look at SMU when he was on the Hilltop for a camp. Ayers said he really liked what he saw but explained that it wasn't his first time on campus.

"I got to go down to the locker room and see all the facilities. Everything was really nice. The campus is nice too," Ayers said. "I've been to it a couple of times before that and even got see the basketball team play against Houston this year so I'm pretty familiar with SMU. I'm definitely going to visit in the fall."

The 5-foot-11, 173-pounder, who expects to play either wide out or corner at the next level, also wants to take official visits to Washington State, Illinois, Tulsa, and possibly North Texas.

Last season, Ayers recorded 21 receptions for 365 yards and six touchdowns, rushed for 445 yards and five touchdowns and also passed for four scores.

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