Future Coug Ayers talks visit, Wazzu, DE Hall

DEMARCUS AYERS

WILL FUTURE COUG wide receiver Demarcus Ayers take additional visits to other schools? How did his official to Washington State go this past weekend? And what about his prep teammate and fellow visitor to the Palouse -- the four star defensive end who is a soft verbal to the Huskies? CF.C asked Ayers about all of that and more...

Ayers, out of Lancaster, Texas near Dallas, says his visit really sold him on what it means to be a Cougar. But is he still planning on taking other officials?

"I'm very serious after this weekend," Ayers said. "I feel like I don't need to take any other visits and my family is supporting my decision 100 percent, but my coaches are telling me to see what I might be able to get out of other programs. They want me to check out some of the schools that are a little closer to where I'm from."

Ayers said he has no other official visits scheduled at this point, but may take official trips to West Virginia and Illinois, with LSU and Missouri also being possibilities. Washington has also been mentioned.

Ayers, though, took on a new role during his two day stay on the Palouse. He went from recruit to recruiter with Daeshon Hall, his friend and Lancaster High teammate.

Hall, the 17th ranked DE in the land, committed to the UW in late June but recently stated he wanted to take other official visits and see what other programs had to offer. Before the UW, Hall was previously a verbal commitment to Texas. WSU was his first official trip.

Hall has not returned requests for a phone interview from CF.C but Ayers said Hall was pleased with what the players and coaching staff had to say.

"A lot of questions were answered for him this weekend too," Ayers said. "It was nice for him to get out there and have a good time with me. Most of the time, whatever I like, he likes. It was great for him because he got to see what WSU has to offer. He told me after our trip that he really enjoyed himself."

So does Ayers think WSU is now a bona fide contender for the 6-2, 220 pound DE with offers from LSU, Texas, Oklahoma State, USC and several others?

"I believe after this weekend they are," Ayers said.

AS FOR AYERS, the three star wide receiver saw Pullman for the first time this weekend. The 5-11, 173-pounder committed to the Cougs back on June 14. Four months later, Ayers said the wait was well worth it.

"It was great," Ayers said. "I loved the atmosphere out there and it was great being around all of the players. Pullman was really nice too. The people in the community were great and they welcomed me with open arms."

Ayers, who plays QB for Lancaster, had plenty of positive things to say about the WSU staff and his experiences from Saturday's game. Although the Cougars lost to Cal, Ayers took away many positives.

"I thought we played very well," Ayers said. "I liked how the young guys handled themselves, especially in a big Pac-12 game. You don't see a lot of young guys competing like that -- and I also loved what I saw from Jeff Tuel. He came in and played well even though he wasn't the starter."

Ayers also enjoyed his time interacting with head man Mike Leach.

"We just talked to me about early playing time and his plans for the future," Ayers said. "He wants me to come in and play right away and help the team build from the bottom up. He said he wants our recruiting class to be the guys that helps build the program and contribute early.

"It was a great weekend with awesome weather and you can't beat that. I'm not really worried about them (WSU) right now. They have time to grow and I left the game seeing some good things. It's football. No one is perfect. But to see them fight and not give up in the fourth quarter was great to see."

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