Future Coug talks WSU, other offers

IS FUTURE COUG Demarcus Ayers still rock solid to WSU? The 3-star WR prospect out of the Dallas area verballed to Wazzu and Mike Leach in June but his recruitment continued to explode – he now has 20 offers. And reports have followed he may be looking around. Is there an official visit date to Pullman? Where do other schools stand with him? For answers, we went to the 5-11, 173-pounder himself.

Ayers, out of Lancaster High in Lancaster, Texas, this week told CF.C that Washington State remains at the top of his list. But there is a catch.

"I'm pretty solid with my commitment, but I'm going to take all of my visits," Ayers said. "They're (WSU) staying in close contact with me and are recruiting me the hardest right now. It felt right when I committed to them, and it still does, but I want to make sure I'm not missing out on anything."

Ayers said he doesn't plan to make his final-final decision until a week or two before February's Signing Day.

"They've welcomed me with nothing but open arms," Ayers said of Washington State. "They're still my number one -- I want to make that clear. I like everything about them. The system Mike Leach runs is great and I know I can go out there and catch a lot of balls. At the same time I want to make sure this is the right decision and see how everything plays out."

AYERS REMAINS IN in very close contact with WSU area recruiter Eric Morris – he said he calls and talks on the phone with the Cougars' inside receivers coach almost every day.

That, along with the thought of playing in Leach's Air Raid offense, is a powerful draw, Ayers said.

"The relationship Coach Morris and I have is really good," Ayers said. "I talk with him a lot and he's told me how he can help me create separation and be a better wide receiver. I like everything about his style of coaching. I feel like I could go to WSU and play early with him guiding me."

AYERS' OFFICIAL VISIT to Washington State is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 12 when the Cougars host Cal. He doesn't have his other official visit dates set up yet but said he plans to trip to West Virginia, Arizona State, Wake Forest and Illinois. All have offered. Ayers added that he is also planning on taking unofficial visits to SMU and Tulsa.

"West Virginia is recruiting me really hard right now," Ayers said. "I have a good relationship with the coaches out there and I'm able to talk to them often. I'd say Illinois, Arizona State and Wake Forest are all recruiting me about the same."

The West Virginia offer is one that intrigues Ayers, who said his main contacts from the school are defensive coordinator Keith Patterson and cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts.

"I really like their style of play and how fast they operate," Ayers said. "They go at a really fast speed and it reminds me of the WSU offense except Coach Leach throws the ball around a little bit more. They have a really great defense too and they're just a good team overall."

West Virginia would appear to be WSU's chief competition for Ayers but he declined to name a top three or characterize his leaders' list beyond saying WSU remains his No. 1.

He added that he is focused on his senior season and wants to put recruitment on the back burner for the time being, until his WSU official visit next month.

Ayers continues to be listed by Scout.com as a verbal commitment to WSU. There can be exceptions but Scout.com's policy generally is not to list a recruit as a soft verbal until he actually takes an official visit to another school.

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