Lancaster athlete Demarcus Ayers had all but eliminated SMU from his top schools just a few weeks ago. But after learning Arizona State, Arkansas and Texas Tech all decided to move in another direction, the three-star prospect became open to new –or old- options.
SMU had always been on the outside looking in for Ayers but after receiving a visit from head coach June Jones and wide receivers coach Jason Phillips, his perspective on the local program changed dramatically.
"SMU is definitely in my top three now," Ayers said. "I had already known Coach Phillips was coming, but it was really cool when June Jones showed up. It was surprising, but he was a really nice guy. The thing I really liked about Coach Jones was his confidence. He's a very confident man.
"He told everything I needed to know so I know going to SMU would be a good thing. He told me how SMU is on the rise, and he's committed to the program. He gave an example of his commitment by pointing out that he drafted Coach Phillips and then brought him on his staff. I was really impressed with that and his NFL experience in general."
A dynamic athlete, Ayers led Lancaster to the state title game while totaling over 3,500 yards of offense and 40 touchdowns. Although he spent most of his time under center, he will likely be a slot receiver in the Run N' Shoot and is excited at the perspective of playing under Phillips.
"Coach Phillips said they were stacked at receiver, but they would definitely make room for me," Ayers said. "He's definitely a guy I would like to play for because he's a good guy and he played wide receiver in the league."
While conversing with Jones and Phillips, Ayers set his official visit to SMU and will be on the Hilltop on February 1- a date that will also feature Jarvis Baxter, Trey Washington and J'Marcus Rhodes. Ayers was on campus this summer for a camp but hopes to get a more in-depth look at SMU in a few weeks.
"I want to see what they have to offer and if they have my degree and how I'll fit in," Ayers said. "One thing I like about SMU is they are going to the Big East. I think that's huge. I also like the offense, and I think both of those things will help bring more area kids to SMU because us Dallas kids love the spread. It would also be nice to be close to home."
Originally a Washington State commit, Ayers has a lengthy offer list but has yet to take any other official visits other than to Pullman and doesn't have any scheduled except for his trip to SMU. He will, however, have coaches from Houston, Oregon and Illinois visit him at school this week.
June Jones Visits Demarcus Ayers
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