It was in June that Demarcus Ayers, an electric 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete with more than a dozen offers, pulled the trigger with Mike Leach and Washington State. And while he remains committed, he has expressed interest in visiting around before he ultimately inks the John Hancock in February.
Having planned to visit Washington this weekend with Daeshon Hall, Ayers said last minute reasons have caused him to cancel, and will be "trying to get up there" (to UW) in December.
Ayers and Hall will be making their official visit to West Virginia together Dec. 1 when the Mountaineers welcome in Kansas.
Hall, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound 'end with cat-like speed, was once committed to the University of Texas before switching his commitment to Steve Sarkisian and Co. in June. Hall said Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and LSU will be his final officials before he signs. (No dates yet nailed down.)
Ayers' fourth visit will be to Tennessee (date TBD), with a possible fifth to either Arizona State, Illinois or Houston.
"We're just trying to see what else is out there, and make sure we're making the best decision for ourselves," said Ayers.
Hall nodded. "The right fit. You won't know until you get out there and see."
Following a 48-17 road win over Mansfield Summit Friday night, Hall, Ayers and the Lancaster Tigers will a carry a 9-1 record into opening round of the playoffs next week, looking to become a program-best 10-1.
"Tonight's win was huge," said Ayers. "We haven't lost a home game in two years, that was obviously the biggest thing for us this year. But tonight we came out and showed we could play well on the road. We're trying to get a home game maybe third round, but we know the rest are going to be on the road, so coming out here and getting this win (away) tonight was huge for us and our momentum going into next week."
With the momentum, Ayers will also be bringing the numbers. Serving as the Tigers' dual-threat quarterback, Ayers has connected for more than 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns through the air, using the ground 102 times for 857 and 11 scores, while splitting out wide taking just four catches for 161 and 3.
Hall, with junior four-star cornerback Nick Harvey, has been the anchor of the defense. Having moved from Lancaster to family-rooted Seattle, Washington in the summer, before deciding days before school began to return to Lancaster for his senior year, Hall admits he has never looked back on the decision.
"This is the best team I've ever been on," he smiled. "To think I get to do this with my best friends,
'D.A.', Harvey, all the guys, it means a lot to me. We're not done, though."
Lancaster squares off with Jacksonville in round one, with a date, time and location TBA.