Despite having committed to the University of Utah back in early August, Big Rapids defensive lineman Neli A'asa has seen his recruitment intensify over the past couple of months. Much of the newfound attention is coming from right within the state of Michigan. Both the Spartans and Wolverines have made the 6-2, 304-pounder an in-state priority, and the youngster has taken notice.
"MSU came in last week and so did Utah…and they're coming again this week," A'asa said. "Michigan hasn't been in yet, but they will be."
A'asa visited Ann Arbor for the Northern Illinois game early this season, and the Wolverines have been keeping close tabs on him ever since. Michigan State, which offered him in the summer, received a visit in mid November. Around that same time, the Maize and Blue stepped up with an offer as well. "It was Coach Debord over the phone…I think during the Ohio State week," A'asa recalled. "I talked to Coach Carr about it and he said they want me to come out there and play. He said they think I'd be one of the key players on the team … and all of the different stuff that coaches usually tell you."
Now that Michigan has extended an offer, another trip to Ann Arbor is a distinct possibility. "They're supposed to be calling in the next week or two," A'asa said regarding when he might set up a visit with the Wolverines. "I'll probably visit after the holidays."
In the meantime, the next trip on A'asa's schedule is the one he's taking to
Utah next weekend. Throughout the process he has not wavered in his commitment
to the Mountain West school.
Why then is he taking visits? Is a decommitment a real possibility?
"This is just in case something comes up and I have change in mind with my family because my family will be staying here in Michigan," A'asa said regarding why he is tripping to other schools. "I'm probably 90-100% sure I'm going to Utah. It's just in case."
When will he make his final decision? "Probably by the end of this month," he said.