Demarcus Ayers talks Wake Forest offer

Demarcus Ayers, from Lancaster High School, located in the Southwest area of suburban Dallas, emerged as a difference maker in 2011. The 5-foot-11, 173-pound athlete is slated to become the Tigers starting quarterback as a senior, but most schools are recruiting him at wide receiver. He recently received his 10th scholarship offer which came from Wake Forest.


"Coach Duffie came by the school last Tuesday and watched me during drills," said Demarcus Ayers. "He wasn't able to talk to me in person, but I called him Wednesday morning before school and we chatted then.

"He told my coach, but basically the offer came over the phone. He said he thinks I got what it takes to get it done in the ACC. He said he liked my speed, breakout ability, how I finish routes, and my explosiveness. He mentioned my athleticism and that my footwork was on point during drills."

Wake Forest has scored big in recent years in the Big Southwest area with Josh Harris and Josh Hunt, both from Duncanville. Ayers says he's anxious to find out more about the university.

"I hadn't heard from Wake Forest since the second week in May when the defensive coordinator was down here," Ayers said. "I'm hoping to make an unofficial visit over the summer to see what it's like. I loved the kid from Duncanville. He's really a good kid. He helps recruit kids from this area to Wake Forest."

Ayers lists Utah State, Tulsa, Navy, Colorado State, Washington State, Illinois, Texas State, Nevada, and North Texas as his nine other offers. He has visited TCU, Texas, North Texas, and Baylor this spring.

"I like Washington State, North Texas, and Illinois," said Ayers, "but I've only seen North Texas in person. I really don't have any favorites. Every school is even. I like Coach Duffie, so I want to go to Wake Forest. I'd like to make a trip west to see Washington State, Arizona State, and Washington."

Despite missing games as a junior with an injured collarbone, Ayers put in some big performances and was named All-District (Texas 4A Region II District 15) at wide receiver. In the West Mesquite game, he had nine receptions for 194 yards and four touchdown while passing for 100 yards and rushing for 80 more.

"Last year I had 24 catches for 425 yards and six touchdowns," Ayers stated. "I rushed 44 times for 450 yards and five touchdowns. I had 29 pass attempts for 300 yards and six touchdowns. We lost in the second round to Kilgore.

"Every year I played like I was a year older. Last year I felt I played like a senior. This year I'm going to play like I'm a freshman in college. My goal is to win state which will help get some of our players recruited. I also want to be a better leader.

"We have talented seniors like Daeshon Hall, who committed to Texas, and Dakota Austin. We have some strong juniors too like Nick Harvey, one of the top eight prospects in Texas, Nick Alexander, and Derrick Leonard."

Although he hasn't played in the secondary since he was a freshman, Missouri, Oregon, and Baylor are all looking at Ayers as a defensive back.

After football season, Ayers led the basketball team at point guard to the third round of the playoffs. He participated in a Nike Sparq Combine where he scored an rating of 84.2.

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