Ajawara mulling three Pac-10 options

Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro offensive guard Sil Ajawara knows that he will play at the next level in the Pac-10. The team that he will eventually choose and the timetable, in which he will do so, is what remains unknown at this point. Arizona State is one of those programs on the lineman's short list and Devils Digest talked to Ajawara to get his feelings about the Sun Devils' recruitment.

"Things are going very well with Arizona State," said the 6-4 305 Sil Ajawara. "Coach (Gregg) Smith was at my school today (Monday). We talked about the offense and how the new offensive coordinator that will come in will improve this offense.

"Arizona State is still a team with a lot of young players that is going in the right direction. They will definitely be doing some big things there."

The lineman visited ASU along with Arizona. Those archrivals, along with UCLA are the three programs on Ajawara's short list. "If I got looks from other schools I wouldn't rule them out," Ajawara admitted. "But those three schools are definitely at the top of my list and lately they have been recruiting me very hard."

While Ajawara has unofficially visited the Bruins on a few occasions, he has yet to go to Westwood on an official trip. Nonetheless, he did downplay that fact as it relates to his decision.

"Honestly, I could make my decision tomorrow without (officially) visiting UCLA," Ajawara claimed. "I would love to take an official visit there, but being there a couple of times already I think I already have a good feel for that school."

Ajawara predicted that he should have a decision made by the end of next week. He stated that the recruiting efforts are equal among all three schools. Yet, there are some factors that that may separate ASU from the pack.

"They (Arizona State) were the first school to offer me," Ajawara commented. "I know that's a school that definitely wants me and they were quick to act on it and offer me a few weeks before everyone else. So obviously there's a little loyalty factor there. I don't think that (ex-Tesoro) Evan Finkenberg being there makes a huge difference, but he can show me what it's really like for a player there. He is going to tell me the truth no matter what.

"At the same time, I want to look at all three schools equally."


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