Visit reports: Steven Ayers, Kerry Taylor

AMONG THE OFFICIAL VISITORS in Pullman this past weekend was Steven Ayers. An explosive offensive guard from Bellingham, the 6-4, 275-pounder came in with the Cougs among his favorites. Also tripping to the Palouse was Arizonan Kerry Taylor, who verbally committed to another Pac-10 school earlier this summer.

"I got to talk to coach Yarno and coach Doba and then (Sunday) was where we had some good conversations," said Ayers, who was hosted by Trevor Mooney. "Saturday was fun, got to do a bunch of things, meet a lot of people and see the game. It was an unfortunate outcome, but it was still a fun game to be at."

Ayers had most of his questions answered before he arrived at WSU and said his remaining ones were all answered.

"Definitely, I definitely got much more of a clearer picture," said Ayers. "I have a much better understanding of what I'm getting into if I go there...I enjoyed my visit and I liked a lot of things that I saw, and they answered the questions I had."

With this being his first official visit, Ayers said he doesn't anticipate making a decision until sometime after the New Year.

"I have my offer, and definitely (Washington State) is one of my top choices. (The coaches) said 'When you're ready to make your decision let us know, sooner is better but we're not pressuring you,' and I said I'd make my decision as soon as I can. I'm going to try and get this done as soon as possible. I need to get the last visits scheduled and then hopefully then make the decision in early January," said Ayers.

IT WAS SOMETHING of a surprise that Taylor tripped to Pullman this weekend. The four star wide receiver prospect out of Chandler, Ariz., verbally committed to Arizona State earlier this summer.

"It was real good," said Taylor of his trip to WSU. "I liked the small town feel, everyone was really nice and I felt like I was really wanted there. The crowd was really into the game and that was a big plus. The atmosphere was really good."

Taylor, who was hosted by Brandon Gibson, said post-WSU visit that he remains committed to ASU, although he did leave the door slightly ajar towards Washington State.

"They're still going to recruit me and I guess I'll let them know when I make my decision. Right now I'm still with ASU though. That's where I want to be...I just wanted to be on another visit and see what some other schools had to offer. I'm still sold on ASU. They're still my school. I'll listen to any school that wants to recruit me, that's fine. But most schools know that right now I'm sold on ASU," said Taylor.

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