In-state hoss ready for Apple Cup visit

STEVEN AYERS has been to Washington State a number of times -- pretty much everyone in the family on his mother's side are Cougars. This weekend's trip will be a little different, however, as Ayers takes an official visit for Apple Cup weekend. With a WSU offer and his senior season completed, the 6-4, 275-pound offensive lineman said he's ready to start zeroing in on the recruiting process.

Ayers was consistent over the season in saying he wanted to concentrate on his final year of prep football. With that season concluded, he is transitioning to where recruiting will take center stage.

"At this point, I'm starting to think about making decisions -- getting visits scheduled and trying to decide," said Ayers. "Instead of trying to get as many offers and opportunities out there, I'm starting to go, 'I have what I'm going to get' so it's a little bit of a change in going on to the next phase."

That phase begins with this weekend's official visit to one of the top schools on his radar, Washington State.

The Bellingham, Wash., lineman said all the schools are recruiting him relatively hard, and that no one school stands out in that regard.

"I'm getting pretty consistent contact from most of the schools have offered me," said Ayers.

Besides Washington State and UNLV (Dec.8), Ayers is in the process of deciding on other potential official trips.

"They're definitely there," said Ayers of UNLV, who have increased their recruiting efforts of late. "(Oregon State) is there. They haven't been calling me every week but at the same time, they've offered."

SEHOME FINISHED the year with a 48-0 win but also a 3-7 record. While disappointed, Ayers said he could definitely find some good things about the year, too.

"I thought we improved from last year and I think that's the big thing," he said.

Ayers is an explosive lineman, with a power clean best of 340 pounds. Other strength numbers include a 550-pound squat and a 340-pound bench press.

There are 3-plus minutes of highlight clips available on his player page.

Steven Ayers profile and video

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