March 28, 2007

Getting to know signee Steven Ayers

Steven Ayers will bring more than his athletic attributes to Washington State University this summer. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman from Bellingham (Wash.) Sehome is also a natural leader. He was voted the "most inspirational" by his teammates last season.

How is track season going, throwing the shot put and discus?
Steven Ayers: "Good. We have a league meet tomorrow, which I'm excited about. And I have an invitational meet on Friday. Coming into the season I was 10th in the country in the shot put and 12th in the discus."

What was it that really made Washington State stand out in your recruiting process?
"It was hard because I really liked UNLV as well. What it ultimately came down to is that Wazzu had the academics I was looking for, they had a football program I liked and they had coaches that made a good impression on me. I made a list of things that were important to me and they had more than any other school that was recruiting me. But it was hard because I really had a connection with the coaches at UNLV and I really appreciated them. It was tough. That would have been a great situation for me to go to as well. That is what was great about my choice. There really wasn't a wrong choice, whether I chose Washington State or UNLV. The fact that Washington State is in-state, I grew up a fan of them, they are in the Pac-10, I can do track as well as football, they have one of the best schools for Communications which is what I want to major in. So looking at all of that; I couldn't say no to that."

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