It was in June that Lancaster (Tx) athlete Demarcus Ayers pulled the trigger with Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars, only to open things back up last month when receivers coach Eric Morris announced he would be headed back to Lubbock to join new skipper Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech.
This was days before Ayers and the Tigers were to play for a spot in the Texas 4A-II state championship (the program's first) in a highly-anticipated semifinal matchup with Wichita Falls Rider that resulted in a nail-biting double-overtime 26-19 win and a trip to Dallas Cowboys Stadium the following week.
And while their record-setting 14-1 run ultimately ended in a 17-7 loss to a scrappy Cedar Park squad amidst thousands on that state title stage, Ayers admitted it was an experience he would never forget, and one that would drive him into the next chapter.
Where that next chapter lies is yet to be known. Ayers reports he is interested in visiting four.
"I'll be going to Houston this weekend (1/11), Arizona State the next weekend (1/18), and Texas Tech either on the 25th or the following weekend," he listed, noting he will trip to Arkansas whichever weekend remains open.
And while Texas Tech and Arkansas have not offered, Ayers is confident his relationship with Morris and Arkansas' Joel Thomas will lead to two.
In fact, Thomas, a recent addition to the Razorbacks' staff from Washington, has hit the ground running since arriving in Fayetteville and is the most recent to make a push for the highly-recruited athlete.
"Most likely on the visits they'll offer," said Ayers.
When making these trips, what exactly will he be looking for? What will it take to land him come Feb. 6?
"I'm looking for a good education, somewhere where I'll get playing time, and where they'll use me in a variety of ways… I also want a coaching staff that's stable. After this year and all the changes, that's more important than ever."
Ayers finished his senior season with videogame-like numbers, accounting for 41 scores and 3,340 yards at quarterback, running back and wideout, also seeing some time in the secondary, thus proving why the nickname "Mr. Do It All" was more than appropriate.