DeMarcus Ayers visits Wazzu for first time

Three-star athlete and Washington State commit DeMarcus Ayers (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) took an official visit to Pullman, Wash., over the weekend, taking in the Cougars’ clash against Cal and the overall Wazzu campus atmosphere.

Ayers took the visit with Lancaster teammate Daeshon Hall -- a three-star defensive end who has committed to Washington. Ayers gave the trip a high score and said he enjoyed getting a chance to see where he will play next season.

“I loved the atmosphere out there,” Ayers said. “It’s a nice town and also a great place to be right now for football with the program building up.”

Ayers committed to Washington State in June, choosing the Cougars over offers from North Texas, Tulsa, Wake Forest and Illinois. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete also has offers from West Virginia, Arizona State, Houston, SMU and Texas State, among other schools.

Ayers was one of 27,339 in attendance at Martin Stadium on Saturday. Although Washington State lost to Cal, Ayers was still impressed with the rowdiness of the crowd and the intensity of the players during a big game.

“It was crazy. The fans were awesome,” Ayers said. “They showed me a lot of love. The people out there really care about the football team, win, lose or draw.

“It was also good to see the number of freshmen out there competing in a conference like the Pac-12 and how they carried themselves in front of thousands of fans.”

Ayers, who plays quarterback in high school, has led Lancaster to a 6-0 record. He has thrown for 690 yards and seven touchdowns, and he has rushed for 563 yards and six touchdowns. Ayers, expected to play receiver in college, also has two catches for 62 yards and a touchdown this season.