LIVERMORE, Calif. -- A week ago, California hosted a bevy of talented 2015 and 2016 prospects, and throughout this past week, the Bears have steadily let out a string of offers to their visitors, but on Sunday, they didn't waste any time pulling the trigger on Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Devin Asiasi, who wasn't even at the impromptu gathering at Memorial Stadium last Sunday. Head coach Sonny Dykes, though, made it a point to offer him personally.
"It is flattering," Asiasi said. "My second time talking to him, he offered. I was just surprised, and blessed to be in that situation. He offered last Sunday, but I wasn't at the stadium. I was with my uncle. He called Coach, and then Coach talked to me and gave me the offer."
Asiasi was on hand at the Passing Down Nor Cal Regional this Sunday, and though he did not participate, he did take some time to gab about his second scholarship offer with BearTerritory.
"It was good, because my siblings really want to see me play, so it's good because they can come and see the games," Asiasi said.
While the Spartans didn't pass much last season – Asiasi only caught eight passes for 177 yards in 10 games with one touchdown – both Cal and Washington State (the first two schools to offer the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder) see him as an elite inside receiver. He's also a top-end athlete, having played a dominant MIKE linebacker (tallying 8.0 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks, along with three passes defended), and in the past has lined up at quarterback.
"They do a lot of passing, so catching the ball, they like my blocking and everything, but mostly they like how I catch the ball," Asiasi said of Cal's interest. "I actually can see myself playing in that offense. I can see myself in that offense. I just like catching the ball. Any chance I got to put my hands on the ball, I took advantage of it."
Asiasi said that he's planning on visiting Berkeley during spring ball, but he has some unfinished business on the basketball court, first.
Though De La Salle lost in the second round of the division playoffs, the Spartans' win in the first round gave them 21 wins and a berth in the Division I playoffs, where they will face San Francisco Lincoln on Saturday at Kezar Pavilion at 7:30 p.m.
"I think basketball helps football a lot because of the explosion," said Asiasi, who plays guard for De La Salle. "Jumping, I just naturally go up for the ball for rebounds. That's my strong point in basketball – getting rebounds."
Asiasi is averaging double-digit boards this season on the hardwood, and in one game, tallied 23 boards.
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