Wazzu commit Ayers gets Vols offer

Three-star athlete DeMarcus Ayers (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) is still committed to Washington State, but the will to resist outside interest seems to get tougher and tougher. On Saturday, Ayers picked up his first SEC offer.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior, who plays quarterback for Lancaster but most likely will play either receiver or defensive back in college, received an offer from Tennessee and notched his 20th offer overall. Ayers said he is still solid with Washington State, but the offer is something to look into.

“A share of good players has gone to the league from Tennessee,” Ayers said. “Peyton Manning is a perfect example. He’s a guy who knows the game and is the sharpest in the league. His IQ is ahead of the game.”

Ayers, recruited by Volunteers safeties coach Josh Conklin, also said Tennessee is intriguing because of the program’s past success. Despite the Volunteers’ 3-4 record and loss to top-ranked Alabama on Saturday, Ayers said the team consistently draws solid recruiting classes and is mentioned among of the nation’s most respected programs.

“They have been a powerhouse,” Ayers said, “and they have good tradition.”

Ayers has led Lancaster to a 7-0 record and a No. 2 ranking in the latest Texas Class 4A state rankings. He has thrown for 779 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 672 yards and eight touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback this season.

Ayers has additional offers from West Virginia, Arizona State, Wake Forest, SMU, North Texas and Texas State, among others.