Asiasi Weighing His Options


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By Jim McGill, Staff Writer
Posted May 19, 2015
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One of the most heavily-recruited Bay Area athletes in years -De La Salle High School tight end/defensive end Devin Asiasi has one of the most impressive offer lists you'll find in the 2016 recruiting class.
At Sunday's Oakland Nike event, Asiasi displayed the size and athleticism that's made him one of the most sought after athletes in his class as he focused on the offensive side of the ball and running with the first team offense in 7-on-7's in a field crowded with top performers.  
Asiasi and the Spartans returned to their place atop the football landscape after being briefly dethroned, going 14-0 in 2014, culminating in an exciting 63-42 Open Division state championship victory over a talented Corona Centennial squad in December. 
"It was great," said Asiasi. "After last year (losing in the final in 2013 to St. John Bosco), it was great to get some redemption. That was our theme of our whole playoff run -to get some redemption and win it.
"Winning that game, the feeling afterward was indescribable. It was a great experience. 
The versatile Asiasi excels on both sides of the ball at defensive end and tight end but offense is where the Spartan sees his future at the collegiate level.
What makes tight end (or in Cal's offense, inside receiver) the better option in Asiasi's mind? 
"Athleticism -it fits on both sides of the ball- but being a basketball player, I can go up and get the ball and use my size and agility at tight end," said Asiasi. 
"I've still got to get better at some things and lose a little weight, so it's a process." 
The four star athlete's versatility was shown late in the state championship game when the Spartans quarterback went down with an injury and the 6-4/245 Asiasi stepped in and filled in admirably, keeping De La Salle rolling while rushing for 26 yards on three carries and a touchdown in the Spartans big win.
"It was crazy," said Asiasi. "I kind of envisioned myself playing quarterback when I was a freshman.
"Getting that opportunity in the championship game was surreal.
"I wasn't nervous at all. I was pretty confident back there. Guys were yelling at me, trying to get into my head but it was nice. It was a good experience for me."
The closest program geographically recruiting Asiasi -Cal- has been on him one of the hardest during his recruitment. 
"I've been talking a lot with Coach Dykes and Coach Peeler," said Asiasi.
"Coach Peeler -that's my guy. Me and him get along really well.
"Cal's a great school and shows me lots of love. It's a great relationship."
Asiasi doesn't have a leaders list yet but hopes to pair things down in coming months as well as figuring out official visits. Besides Cal, the U.S. Army All-American has offers from every school in the Pac-12 but Stanford as well as Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Notre Dame, Michigan and a host of other programs.
Comfort level with a program is high on Asiasi's priority list when it comes time to picking a program.
"The people in the program are important," said Asiasi. "Everyone says that when you pick a school, make sure you're in a place where you'd want to be for four years, even if you didn't have football.
"The teammates, the environment -those kind of things mean a lot to me." 
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