When Lancaster, Texas athlete Demarcus Ayers committed to Washington State in June, he did so sight unseen. Over the weekend Ayers changed that, taking his official visit to check out the Washington State campus in Pullman, Wash., as the Cougars hosted Cal.
The 5-10, 165-pound standout took in all the sights and sounds the Washington State campus had to offer with host Marquess Wilson leading the way before suffering an injury on Saturday. At that point receiver Gabe Marks took over the role.
There were several aspects of the visit Ayers enjoyed but a few stood above the rest.
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"The academics stood out. My major is going to be sports management and I got a chance to sit down and talk about my major and some of the things I could do to get my degree early," Ayers said. "We talked about my potential and what I do and what Leach is leading me to and following around the guys who have been doing it for awhile and fitting into the rotation with the younger guys."
One highlight was sitting down and talking to Washington State head coach Mike Leach, and Ayers learned the Cougars have big plans in store.
"We had a sit down," Ayers said. "We just talked about the schedule and coming in and playing early and contributing to the program early as a receiver or a DB or being a return guy."
Going into the visit, Ayers mentioned possibly taking other official visits. After his trip, the question still remains.
"I'm pretty solid," Ayers said. "I really had a good time. It made me feel like I didn't have to take any more visits because I had such a great time. But I think I'm still going to just to see what's out there. But I'm pretty much sold on Washington State. I got everything out of the trip that I expected and I didn't have anything I didn't like."
He does not have any other visits scheduled but he does have an idea about where he will be visiting and he does plan to take them with Washington commitment and Lancaster teammate Daeshon Hall.
"I think it's Washington, West Virginia, Mizzou, and I believe it was LSU," Ayers said. "I'm not sure about that last one but most likely Washington, West Virginia, and Mizzou."
Hall joined Ayers on the trip to Washington State this weekend, and Ayers felt the visit went very well.
"He actually had a great time," Ayers said." He went out there and got shocked about everything out there. We both got the same majors, he liked everything about the defensive philosophy. I think he had an open mind going into the trip also. I think he was kind of shocked with how everything was once he got down there but overall he told me he had a great time."