Pac-10 foes in heated battle for Tesoro guard

Not much has changed in the recruitment of Sil Ajawara in the last several weeks, but the Las Flores (Calif.) offensive lineman does wish to end his recruitment this month. Ajawara visited Arizona State this past weekend and talked to Devils Digest about his Tempe trip and his overall recruitment process.

The 6-4 305 Sil Ajawara lined up last year next to Arizona State's true freshman offensive lineman Evan Finkenberg. This obviously was beneficial in familiarizing the Tesoro standout with the Sun Devils prior to his visit.

"I spent a lot of time with Evan on the visit," Ajawara said. "Everything he and the coaches talked to me about before the visit made perfect sense once I got here. I was really impressed with everything on the visit. Nothing surprised me. It was my first official visit anywhere so just seeing everything the campus, seeing the facilities was great.

"Right now I haven't seen a situation that is better suited for me. Knowing people on the team, getting to know the coaches even more…it all makes a big difference in my decision process. There are a lot of good things about this situation. We'll see what happens."

Ajawara is projected as a left guard, and said that while watching game film on the Sun Devil offensive line he was impressed with their overall technique. "It was good to watch and see what they do over here compared to what they do at Tesoro," Ajawara commented. "Obviously it's going to be totally different than high school no matter where I go, but it's good to see that there are some things that carry over."

The lineman confirmed that currently he is only considering ASU and UCLA, and even though he left the door open for other suitors he admitted that: "any school that would come in right now would have a lot to compete with."

Ajawara stated that he will talk in the next couple of days to the Bruins' coaches to set up an official visit, perhaps as early as this coming weekend. He added that he wouldn't necessarily wait until his official visit to Westwood to make a verbal commitment to either school.

"I really don't know at this point when I will make a decision," Ajawara said. "I'm hoping to make a decision in the next month or so. I'm just to figuring out all the little things right now to help me decide."

Kody Innes is another offensive lineman that both Pac-10 teams were pursuing, and the Scottsdale Saguaro player did commit to UCLA a few days ago. Ajawara noted that Innes' decision won't affect his.

"It doesn't change anything now because they (UCLA) were looking to fill three, four lineman spots," he said. "Right now they still have room and I could be in that last spot. Their spots are filling up pretty quickly and that might speed up the process for me.

"I know Arizona State is looking for a few linemen too and they don't have any commits and they have some seniors graduating."

The Tesoro lineman claimed that distance "definitely" won't be one of those factors that impact his ultimate resolution. "I lived in California my entire live," Ajawara explained. "I'm OK with going away from home, because if you stay in California for college after you've been there your entire life, you're never leaving.

"It could be nice spreading out and trying something new."

Ajawara said that Education, football program and how he gets along with the players and coaches will guide his decision. "I'm kind of anxious to finish the recruiting process," Ajawara acknowledged. "I just want to move on and see what's next."


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