Print and Go Back ESPN.com: On The Trail: Southeast Region [Print without images]

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
3-star ATH talks top 5, ASU visit

By Damon Sayles

It’s almost decision time for three-star athlete DeMarcus Ayers (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster), and the question lingers: Will he choose a new school or return to the program he was committed to for six months?

Ayers, a former Washington State commitment, said his updated top five still included the Cougars, but he also has Arizona State, Cal, SMU and Texas Tech in the hunt. Arkansas also is being strongly considered.

Arizona State will get first dibs at swaying Ayers, as the 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete will trek to Tempe, Ariz., for an official visit this weekend. He’s being recruited to Arizona State by offensive coordinator Mike Norvell and receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander.

“I like the plan they’ve got set out, as far as using me in the offense,” Ayers said. “They’ve talked about putting me in the Wildcat, as a receiver and as a running back. I like that they’re trying to make me more one-dimensional to get the ball and not just having me as a receiver.”

Ayers said of the six schools -- Arkansas included -- he doesn’t have a favorite. Cal is his most recent offer, and he said the opportunity to get a Cal education and also play in the Pac-12 is intriguing. Ayers has visited Washington State and will visit Arizona State, and he’s planning on visiting Cal and SMU, as well.

The fifth visit, he said, most likely will go to Texas Tech or Arkansas, depending on whichever school extends an offer.

“With my top schools, I know they’re all looking for that go-to guy. I can be that guy,” he said. “I’m going to go on these visits and look at the things outside of football. I want to know that if I didn’t want to play football, how would I look as far as getting my education?”