CONCORD, Calif. -- In a game that included three Concord (Calif.) De La Salle touchdowns of 40 or more yards, four-star tight end Devin Asiasi turned in the most spectacular score, with a second-quarter 47-yard one-handed grab to give the Spartans a commanding 28-3 lead.
De La Salle isn't known as a passing team, so Asiasi's talents have been mainly displayed as a disruptive defensive end, but he showed off his speed, athleticism and length on the bomb from quarterback Anthony Sweeney, where he came free off the line and went up the seam. The ball was about four feet out in front of Asiasi, but the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder wouldn't quit on it.
"When we planned it out, we were setting that play up the whole game," Asiasi said. "We finally took a shot at it. I released inside, and I got up field, and I thought he overthrew me. I thought, 'I've got to go get this,' so I stuck my had out there to see if I could get it, and I grabbed it and just took it. I was surprised myself, too. I was like, 'I caught that?'"
De La Salle's preseason schedule -- which included a loss in Texas to Euless Trinity -- doesn't let up. The Spartans play Orange Lutheran next week, and then Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.
"We're satisfied with the week," Asiasi said. "We had a good practice week, we came out here, we did what we did in practice, we were successful in the running game, we threw the ball a little bit, too, so I think we prepared well, and I think that's what led to a great game. I'm really proud of my dudes, proud of my D-line, all my guys."
The running backs, too, were plenty impressive, with Andrew Hernandez, rushing for a game-high 141 yards including a 66-yard scoring scamper and a 55-yard run that led to a five-yard scoring rumble in just the first quarter.
Asiasi, who is set to play in the US Army All-American Bowl this coming January, is very close to cutting down his list, and one of his most ardent suitors -- California -- had head coach Sonny Dykes and inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler in the stands.
"They told me, and it feels good to know that coaches are coming out to see you," Asiasi said. "Having them come out and see what Spartan football's all about, it was great."
The Bears came out to practice at De La Salle during fall camp to prepare for the heat and humidity of Texas -- where they'll be headed next week -- and Asiasi was sure to peep what Cal was doing on his home field.
"I was surprised, I didn't even know what they were doing out here," Asiasi said. "I watched a little bit of their practice."
Asiasi said he'll start to schedule his official visits "soon, soon."
"I know I have Alabama at the end of this month, so they're definitely going to be in my top five," Asiasi said.
The other teams vying for the final four official visits are Oregon, Washington, UCLA, USC, Miami and Michigan.
"I've been to Cal's campus a bunch of times, and I've seen everything, so I think I'm good with that," Asiasi said. "I grew up with them my whole life. I've been around that campus, been around that area."
Even though the Bears won't get one of the final officials, they are in the running for the final group. They are already in Asiasi's top eight.
"I really like that school, so it's possible," Asiasi said.