Ajawara talks ASU pledge

Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro offensive guard Sil Ajawara gave his verbal commitment to the Sun Devils Friday evening, and talked to Devils Digest as to what led him to that decision.

"It really was about the comfort level," said the 6-4 305 Sil Ajawara. "I felt that this is the place I really could go out and be passionate about what I'm doing, and hopefully make an impact as soon as possible. It was the right place for me."

The guard, who chose Arizona State over UCLA and Arizona, said that he has been talking quite a bit in the last few days to ASU recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick and offensive line coach Gregg Smith.

"Just taking to them made me think a lot about going to ASU," Ajawara commented. "My parents wanted me to go out and see what every school had to offer, which I did. After looking at all the schools I was interested in I knew Arizona State is where I wanted to be. I just sat down with my family and made the decision.

"I didn't want to wait much longer and my parents said that if I felt this was the right place for me, that's where I should go and that they would be there behind me. So I'm a Sun Devil now."

ASU was the first school to offer Ajawara, which ultimately played a big factor in his decision. The Tesoro lineman, ranked as the nation's 20th best 2010 offensive guard by Scout.com, indicated that the Sun Devils' offensive style was naturally attractive to him and was a significant component in his commitment.

"I like their run game more than anything," Ajawara explained. "They do a lot of zone blocking which I like. I think the way Coach Smith coaches his players can really benefit me and make me a better offensive lineman."

Ajawara was able to learn a lot about Coach Smith's style from ex-Tesoro teammate and current Sun Devil offensive lineman Evan Finkenberg. ASU's newest commit indicated all along, as well as tonight, that Finkenberg's presence played less of a significant part in his decision as some may think.

"Him (Finkenberg) being there obviously helps," Ajawara stated, "Because he can give me that player perspective. But in the end I really had to feel comfortable about the team, whether Evan was there or not. Just the way everything happened ASU was where I was going to end up at no matter where Evan was playing."

In a previous interview to Devils Digest just a couple a days ago, the Tesoro standout indicated that he could make a decision without officially visiting UCLA, a statement that eventually came to fruition. Ajawara visited Westwood unofficially several times in the past, and if invited to visit UCLA officially he probably won't turn it down.

Nonetheless he declared tonight that "ASU is where I want to be the next four, five years of my life."

Sil Ajawara is the third straight offensive lineman to commit to the Sun Devils in the 2010 class and marks the 13th verbal commitment of this group.


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