Cougs offer Bellingham hoss

STEVEN AYERS lives in the upper northwest corner of the Evergreen state but he's more than a little familiar with the crimson and gray -- pretty much everyone on his mother's side are Cougs. Washington State received the offensive lineman's tape recently and after the staff had a chance to view it, a crimson scholarship offer was extended Tuesday.

Ayers attended WSU's summer youth camp before his junior season. This year, however, his team camp for Sehome High was held at the same time. Ayers is a testament to the power of moving pictures, however, and WSU made the offer after Timm Rosenbach text messaged Ayers and asked him to call.

On the ensuing phone call, Bill Doba, George Yarno and Rosenbach all got the chance to visit with him.

"They were excited to offer me and I was excited to get it," said Ayers. "They had just reviewed my tape as a staff."

Ayers' mother and three of her siblings all attended Washington State. He's attended a number of Cougar games in Pullman over the years, often with his uncle.

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.

IN ADDITION TO the Washington State offer, Ayers holds offers from Oregon State, Boise State, UNLV, Eastern Washington and Western Washington. He attended the Scout.com combine in LA, the camps at Oregon State and Oregon. He also attended the Beavers' Preview Day this past weekend.

"They did a real good job, I got a real good feel for the (OSU) program."

He also attended the UW's youth camp for a day, where 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.

He said he may try to take an unofficial to UNLV before the summer ends. He said he hopes to take all of his official visits before making a decision. Ayers also plans on attending "a few games" at Washington State this year, as well as the Baylor game at Qwest in Seattle.

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