Asiasi hears from Irish
Now that the ink is dry on the National Letters of Intent Notre Dame received from the members of its recruiting class of 2015 the Irish can turn their full attention to their future targets.
Irish assistant coaches Scott Booker and Mike Denbrock were out in California last week to check in on a few recruiting targets including junior tight end Devin Asiasi, a 6-foot-5, 265-pounder from Concord De La Salle.
“That was the first time I heard from them,” Asiasi said. “They said they really like me and my size and athleticism.”
Despite rumors to the contrary, Asiasi has not yet landed an offer from the Irish.
“I’ve been talking to them but I haven’t gotten an official offer from them yet,” he said. “They said they have some interest in me.”
That interest is mutual as Asiasi is well aware of Notre Dame’s academic reputation and the football team’s success at the tight end position.
“I have a great interest in them,” he said. “I know they use their tight ends a lot and a lot of tight ends came from there.”
California, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, USC, UCLA and Washington are among the more than a dozen college programs that already have extended scholarship offers to Asiasi.
He hopes to get out in the near future to see a few of those schools.
“This coming up spring I’m planning to take an Oregon trip and a Washington trip and hopefully a UCLA trip, just unofficials to check them out,” he said. “Hopefully in March I’ll go to Alabama.”
Asiasi also plans to attend one of the Nike Camps in an effort to earn an invitation to Nike’s showcase camp this summer.
“I don’t think during the summer I’ll take any trips. I’ll just be at home working and getting ready for the next season,” he said. “Camps, I’ll probably go to a Nike Camp to help me get into The Opening.”
As a junior, Asiasi caught just 16 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns and he also carried the ball nine times for 65 yards and another score.
Playing in a Veer offense, Asiasi knows his role always is as a blocking tight end first but he’s hopeful he’ll see a few more touches in 2015.
“They put me out a little bit as a slot receiver, just coming out of the line too,” he said. “They see I’m looking for a lot more variety in where I’m going and probably widen me out more.”
With his size, Asiasi fits the mold as an athletic tight end that can extend a defense while also creating holes in the running game.
“One of the best things I have is my ability to put my hand in the dirt and get after guys,” he said. “As a slot receiver I can run routes and I have good hands. I can catch pretty good too and I run some decent routes.”
Scout.com ranks Asiasi as the 69th best player in the country and the No. 3 tight end.
“It’s just a blessing to me,” he said. “All this hard work is finally paying off. People are starting to see that I’m out here trying to do something. It’s a blessing.”