The Washington State Cougars secured a commitment from Lancaster, Texas, athlete DeMarcus Ayers in June. Ayers projects to be a tough-minded prospect for Washington State head coach Mike Leach, and is showing off his playmaking abilities during his senior year of high school.
Ayers, currently listed a 5-foot-11 and 162 pounds, was being recruited as an athlete. At Lancaster, he is playing quarterback but will get transitioned to wide receiver when he gets to Pullman. Ayers is familiar with Leach from his time with the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and Ayers jumped at the chance to play for him in college, which helped Wazzu secure his commitment early.
What the Cougars are getting was on display over the weekend, and they are getting a tough-minded playmaker with a nose for the endzone. He was 6-for-13 for 118 yards with a touchdown and an interception through the air. He also added 11 rushes for 84 yards with a pair of touchdowns on the ground.
What was most impressive in Ayers’ performance was the grit he showed on his two touchdown runs of 10 and 8 yards. That toughness to score will make him a key contributor as Leach builds an offense in the Palouse that is going to score some points (he hopes).
The three-star recruit will add some depth to a receiving corps that is filled with youth this season. That will allow him to come in and make a name for himself early if he impresses during fall camp next year. As a pair of poor offensive performances to start Leach’s tenure at WSU has shown, there’s room for improvement all over the field.
If Ayers can continue his strong play this season, he’ll build plenty of momentum for his move north to Washington State where he’ll try and become the next great receiver out of Leach’s Air Raid offense.
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