For the rest of his life, the month of May will hold a special place in the heart of rising athlete DeMarcus Ayers (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster).
At the end of April, Ayers had offers from North Texas and Navy. As May comes to a conclusion, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound receiver/cornerback can boast that he had 13 offers. Ayers has picked up 11 offers in the month – and he’s hoping to garner a couple more before the month ends.
“A month ago, I remember I had one offer,” Ayers said. “Things weren’t heating up for me, and I was getting frustrated. I was thinking to myself, ‘I put a lot of work in. Something’s got to come through.’
“This month’s been good to me. God’s been so awesome. It’s a feeling that can’t be explained.”
Ayers picked up a trifecta of offers on Tuesday in UTEP, New Mexico State and UTSA. He is being recruited to UTEP by receivers coach Guy Holliday, to New Mexico State by recruiting coordinator and receivers coach R. Todd Littlejohn and to UTSA by defensive line coach Eric Roark.
He has come a long way from the player whose first offer, North Texas, had him smiling for days.
“Every time I try to narrow my list down, something else comes through. A new offer pops up,” Ayers said. “I’m just enjoying the moment right now.
“When I got my first offer, I said, ‘OK, you got it, now what are you going to do with it?’ With every offer, I take it in, and I smile a little bit, but I feel like I had to keep going and keep being a leader to get more.”
In addition to his offers, Ayers is receiving interest from Oregon, Missouri, Baylor, Arizona State, West Virginia and several other schools. Most of the schools, Ayers said, are looking at him as a cornerback.
The spectacular recruiting month has made Ayers alter his plans on when he is going to announce his verbal commitment.
“I had planned on committing at our spring game, but now, it could be around mid-summer,” Ayers said. “I want to do it when I’m not throwing the team off. I don’t want it to be a distraction. My team’s going through some regrouping. We’re trying to replace some players, and that’s more important to me right now than that.”