The Washington (D.C.) St. John's College High defensive end spoke in-depth with the Rutgers head coach tonight and is in position to earn an offer next week when he visits for junior day.
"He wants me to meet with me in their office, and that I could get an offer," Assoua said. "I've never talked to a coach that high up. That's probably my biggest achievement so far. I only have two offers, but for Rutgers to contact me and tell me that they like me a lot means a lot. They want me to come to their school to see if they'll offer me."
The next step for Assoua, who expects to visit March 1 for junior day, is to research Rutgers and the Big Ten.
"I don't know much yet, but I want to know everything," he said. "I know that they have good facilities. I know about their strength and conditioning coach (Jeremy Cole) because he's the intense one. I want to meet him. I'd really like to work out with him some time.
"I know Rutgers is all about loyalty to the team and believing in each other."
Assoua described the feeling as "honored" to speak with a Big Ten team about a scholarship offer. He also holds offers from Toledo and Western Michigan, where former Rutgers assistant P.J. Fleck is in his second season as head coach.
"It's really exciting to have this," he said. "I see other schools offering guys just because of what they do at combines and stuff. It's a nice experience for these other great schools like Rutgers to contact me and talk about offering me without seeing me at a combine. They look at me and see me and my film as someone that can help."
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound defensive end plans to visit March 1 for the first of three Rutgers junior days.
"Sooner if I can," Assoua said.