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Texas WR high on Leach, eyes WSU visit
"I'm really high on them because I really liked Mike Leach when he was at Texas Tech. And then the (inside) receivers coach (and area recruiter), Eric Morris, he was with him at Texas Tech too. And that's kind of a big thing," said Ayers.
Ayers holds offers from Washington State, West Virginia, Illinois, Wake Forest, Tulsa and others. Additional schools he's in contact with include Ohio State and Notre Dame.
"Coach Morris was telling me all the things he did to get recruited -- he was a smaller guy but he had a lot of upside with his route running and playing bigger than what he was. WSU said they liked just how I looked on film, getting the ball in my hands and letting me go and what I can do in the open field," said Ayers.
AYERS SAID HE'S been in contact most with five schools – Washington State, Illinois, Wake Forest, Tulsa and West Virginia. Most schools, including WSU, like him at wide receiver but a few are also talking about defensive back.
"Receiver comes naturally to me but I've also been liking what I've been doing at defensive back in the camps," said Ayers. "At Illinois, Coach Gonzales, he has put a lot of big time receivers in The League and UNT, I've been in good contact with them, they were my first offer and that's always important."
Despite missing time with an injured collarbone his junior season, Ayers was named second team all-district at wide receiver in 2011. According to the Dallas Morning News, he caught 21 passes for 365 yards with six touchdowns, rushed 44 times for 445 yards with five touchdowns and also threw for four touchdowns. He's also the starting point guard for Lancaster.
"I ran a 4.44 in the 40 (Sunday) at the UNT camp. That's about my fastest so far, I generally run in the 4.5 range," said Ayers.
AYERS SAID his decision timetable depends on how many schools he's able to visit unofficially this summer. He is booked up at the end of the month, however.
Ayers has been selected to play in the IFAF Under-19 World Championship, June 30 - July 7, at Texas. The U.S. Under-19 National Team will compete against teams from American Samoa, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Panama and Sweden.
Elsewhere on the WR recruiting front, Scout.com's Greg Biggins reports 4-star Santa Monica prospect Sebastian LaRue has Washington State on his short list -- but it also sounds like he's ultimately USC-bound at the end of the day. "The schools recruiting me the hardest right now, in addition to USC, are probably Washington State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Washington and Nebraska," Larue said. "I can tell those schools really want me and I'm giving all of them a real close look.
"Like I said, even if I commit early (to USC), I'll take my visits and those are the schools I would likely check out. It's not about finding a better option for me, I just think it's important to make sure you did the right thing. The visits would be more about confirming my decision, making sure I did the right thing, rather than me looking around."
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