Vandals quite familiar with Cali DT

HE'S NOT YOUR AVERAGE recruit. Out of Corona, Calif., and with a rare combination of size and speed, he holds a pair of early offers -- one likes him at d-tackle. The other offer, however, is for the 6-0.5, 261 pound wrecking ball to play fullback. As far as Idaho is concerned, he has a pretty good in with the Vandals. His brother is a former Pac-10 player now on the coaching staff of Robb Akey.

Six degrees of separation? More like only three where this athletic, quick DT prospect in the Vandals' recruiting orbit is concerned.

Henry Asuega (6-0.5, 261, 4.8) holds offers from UTEP and Idaho State. Most see him as a d-tackle, including Idaho, or d-end. But UTEP has offered as a fullback. The Miners' coach, Mike Price, coached Asuega's brother at WSU in the '90s. That brother is now the defensive line coach at Idaho.

"I don't much about UTEP yet but Mike Price coached my brother, Johnny Nansen at Washington State (LB, 1994-96) -- he coaches at Idaho now," said Asuega.

What's the contact been like from the Vandals?

"I haven't talked to Idaho a whole lot yet but yes, he's talking to me a little bit," laughed Asuega.

Coaches have been consistent in what they like about Asuega -- his motor.

"They've all said the same thing. They said 'I'd like to have this guy on my defense because he's all over the field, hitting everyone and just killing 'em.'"

OTHERS SHOWING ASUEGA varying shades of recruiting love include Oregon State, Colorado, San Diego State, WSU, Washington and Northern Arizona. Of that group, Oregon State could be closest to becoming Asuega's third offer.

"They said they're probably going to offer," he said. "I'm super interested in them because that's Pac-10. Oregon State has really caught my attention. I'm not sure on when (an offer might be made), they said maybe around this time or maybe later (in the fall)."

UTEP isn't the only one who likes him at fullback. Speaking to his speed, agility and athleticism, Colorado also likes him as a fullback. OSU sees him at defensive tackle, San Diego State at d-end or d-tackle, Idaho State at d-tackle.

"I like them, and I would like to go there (to ISU) because it looks like I might be able to have a better chance at earning a starting position early," said Asuega.

A school's academics will be important to his decision. Distance, he said, will not be a factor.

Despite missing 40 percent of his junior season after tweaking a knee, Asuega still earned second team all-league honors.

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