3 star receiver/running back DeMarcus Ayers has decommitted from the Cougars, at least for now, while he looks for a better situation. The kid out of Lancaster, TX was one of Mike Leach’s first commits in the Fall and has continued to be one of the more exciting commitments throughout the recruiting class, due to his versatility and playmaking ability.
Ayers sent out tweets to explain the situation:
I have nothing but respect for the whole washington state staff n football program the decision as of now is just best for me as of now.
I will still consider wazzu as one of my top school i just need more time to look at what i want once again thank you guys #gocougs!!!
The news isn’t particularly shocking or disappointing to me. With his 4.44 speed and exceptional quickness, Ayers will have the chance to be an electric player for somebody and hopefully he does end up coming back to Washington State in the end. His decision comes on the heels of WSU receiving their 3rd WR commitment from Vince Mayle, the other being River Cracraft.
With the absolute stable of freshmen and sophomore receivers already in the program, it’s conceivable that Ayers is considering his role as an impact player. Playing time for a kid of his talents is important and it just might be that he’s considering that aspect after the season.
As Marks and Bartolone did this season, he could earn his way into the lineup by working hard and being really good and consistent. He’d have to beat out those two, Ricky Galvin and Bobby Ratliff for time in the slot though. Mayle, D. and K. Williams, Drew Loftus and Isiah Myers occupy the outside spots.
So, there is a high likelihood that Ayers could become a redshirt (as Leach would rather do with all of his freshmen) and sit a season before playing. I really think redshirt years help kids in college and I do think Ayers could use one to get stronger and faster. Don’t get me wrong though, if he recommits and ends up playing year 1, I will not say boo.