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AUSTIN, TX – What a busy summer WSU recruit Demarcus Ayers has had so far. A couple weeks ago he declared he would be playing ball in Pullman for the 2013 season, and now is helping Team USA pursue the Gold Medal in the Under-19 World Championship. Last night Team USA blew out the the Under-19 American Samoa National Football team (27-6) and will play Austria in the Semi-Finals on July 4th at 8 p.m. The story of the night was the outstanding play of Wazzu’s future Wide Receiver. Lining up mainly in the slot, Ayers caught 7 balls for 115 yards and a touchdown. His biggest play of the game came when he put his speed to use and blew past a Samoan defender, catching a 43 yard pass from Quarterback Brayden Scott. Later in the game, Ayers ran a slant route and caught a seven yard pass from Scott for a touchdown to put the United States up 20-0.The dominant performance by the wide receiver earned him USA team MVP.
This performance showed off Ayers’ play making ability which is what Mike Leach and his staff are looking for in order to be competitive in the Pac-12 for the future. With Leach running the Air-Raid offense; using 3-4 wide receivers every snap will help get Demarcus Ayers involved quickly. I don’t know about you but I am excited to see what this kid can do when he arrives in Pullman. He still has his senior year of high school to grow and improve his skills and become even more dangerous than he already is. Leach is going to have fun with this player because he can be used in so many ways.
Kind of reminds me of De’Anthony Thomas. Not only was Thomas used as a Wide Receiver at Oregon, but also was involved in multiple running plays including Jet Sweeps, option-reads, etc in order to put his speed to use. Thomas’ biggest weapon is his speed which is the same for Ayers. I’m not saying Ayers will automatically have the same immediate impact Thomas had his freshman year at Oregon. Who knows, but he does have the potential to play the same role Thomas does at Oregon; not only getting involved in the passing game but running game as well. Last night we got to witness a small glimpse of what Ayers brings to the table, and by the way he was successfully producing is a good sign for the future of Cougar football.
–Evan Baron (@BaselineBaron09)