Asiata leaving Colorado

Colorado coaches recently received their first commitment from a four-star prospect in the 2012 recruiting cycle, but that good news faded quickly when they learned their only four-star recruit from the 2011 class is leaving the program. Get inside for quotes from offensive lineman Paulay Asiata.

Paulay Asiata did not fare well academically in his first full semester at Colorado in the fall and becoming academically ineligible along with other factors in his life, led him to question if he was happy at CU.

Asiata confirmed today that he has decided to quit the CU football team. He said he plans to remain in school in Boulder through the spring semester and then move on.

Asiata came to CU last year from Honolulu where he starred as a tackle at St. Louis School. He was the only member of the 2011 CU recruiting class to be rated with four stars by He was ranked the No. 21 offensive tackle in the nation.

"All I have to say is I'm sorry, and this was a personal decision that I made," Asiata said. Also, I like to apologize to all the fans and I'm sorry I let them down."

Asiata played a total of 41 snaps from scrimmage spread over four games as a true freshman last season. He also played 31 snaps on the field goal team. His best grade of the season following coaches' film review was 70 percent in 10 plays against Stanford.

Asiata said he does not know if he is completely done with football or if he will resume his career elsewhere at some point. To do so as a scholarship athlete, we would have to first become academically eligible either before leaving CU or at another school before he could be eligible for a scholarship.

"Honestly I really dont know," he said when asked if he planned to continue to play football. "I'm going to pray about it because the passion is questionable at this point. I just need time right now to figure out everything because I know I have disappointed a lot of people, especially my teammates. They are the ones I care about the most, not the coaches."

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