Cast as the only tight end on the west team at the U.S. Army All-American Game, Devin Asiasi has been a busy guy at practice this week.
Calling the extra reps and special attention from coaches a fun experience, the 2016 four-star tight end out of Concord (Calif.) De La Salle high school feels this is simply more preparation for football on the college level.
“Yeah, because right now it’s different for me," Asiasi told The Michigan Insider. "I didn’t play that much of a receiving role (at De La Salle), but I’m getting a lot of touches here and I’m just slowly getting used to it.”
With the recruiting process furiously winding down leading up to next month's national signing day, Asiasi is down to five schools: USC, UCLA, Washington, Alabama and Michigan.
For the Wolverines, Jim Harbaugh's son and tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh continues to be the lead recruiter for Asiasi.
“It’s a good relationship," Asiasi said. "We'll always be talking, we talk on the DM (twitter) and everything. It’s a good relationship.”
Although Asiasi remains a priority for Michigan late in the process, the Wolverines just welcomed an early enrolled freshman at tight end in Sean McKeon.
Despite McKeon's presence, in addition to a pretty full depth chart heading into the 2016 season, Asiasi says he won't be scared off by competition.
“No, I think it would be good to have an extra person there to share the experience and go through the process with and hopefully make it a lot easier," he said.
One current high school teammate, defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa, is a guy Asiasi continues to mention as a candidate to play with at the next level.
“Yeah we’ve still been talking about it," he said. "It would be great for us, but we might play against each other. We pretty much have all the same schools.”
On signing day, Tagaloa and Asiasi will sit next to each other and announce which school they'll be attending, either moving forward as teammates or enemies.
Before that time comes though, Asiasi has a pretty detailed visit schedule setup over the next few weeks, with one other trip still being worked on.
“Next week I’m going to Washington," he said. "Week after that Alabama, and the week after that USC.
"I’m trying to fit in Michigan, trying to find a way to get out there. It’s pretty hard right now but I’m trying.”
Looking at Michigan's 10-3 mark in year one under Jim Harbaugh, and the development of tight ends under his watch, don't be surprised if Asiasi ends up in Ann Arbor for a visit before all is said and done.
"I’m really thinking about that visit to Michigan and possibly replacing one of my other visits just so I can get out there," Asiasi said. "I know coach Harbaugh is doing some great things, so I really might do that.”
Quotes via Eugene Hankerson.