With former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach being hired to serve in the same capacity at Washington State, it was obvious that the Cougars would start to heavily recruit the state of Texas.
The efforts paid off on Thursday afternoon as Washington State landed its second talented Texan in Lancaster athlete Demarcus Ayers. A big part of the reason the 5-foot-10, 165-pound three-star prospect decided to commit had to do with the head coach.
"I committed to Washington State today," Ayers said on Thursday evening. "I got a chance to meet Mike Leach today at a McMurry camp. It was a McMurry camp but some of the Washington State coaches were working it. I got a chance to see how he does things and stuff like that.
"I've always been a big fan of Mike Leach and what he did at (Texas) Tech and the offense that he runs. I figured there was no better time to commit than being in person with him."
Ayers wasted no time in familiarizing himself with the other members of the recruiting class.
"I'm just watching film on our QB commit," he said. "I'm watching film of Tyler Bruggman online. We just got him yesterday I believe."
Ayers does a little bit of everything for Lancaster and he will do much of the same in Pullman.
"I believe coach (Eric) Morris told me I'd play playing slot receiver," he said. "I'll be playing slot receiver, kick return and punt return and I'll also play a little Wildcat QB. Basically they'll get me the ball and let me do what I do, just like I'm doing right now in high school."
Ayers has never visited the Washington State campus but is looking forward to his official visit there. He may take some other visits in addition to that one though.
"It just depends on what my parents want me to do," he said. "I believe they'll probably want me to take all my visits just to make sure I'm sure. If I do take all my visits either my first or last visit will be Washington State because I don't want to short change them at all.
"I'm committed to Washington State, though. I'm really not worried about any other schools."
As a junior Ayers rushed for 445 yards and five touchdowns while also catching 21 passes for 365 yards and six more scores.