4-star TE Devin Asiasi Locks In Official Visit to UCLA

Nov. 20 -- Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Devin Asiasi, the West's top tight end in 2016, has locked in his first official visit for December...

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Devin Asiasi has his first official visit locked in for December 12th.

"I'm going to UCLA on December 11th through the 13th," said Asiasi.  "Me and Boss (Tagaloa) are taking that visit to UCLA that weekend together."

With the Spartans the heavy favorite to win another CIF-NCS title and the likely spot in the CIF-SS Open Division Championship, that is the only weekend Asiasi would likely have off in December.

So January will see the rest of his visits get taken.

"I'm definitely visiting Alabama and I think I might take a visit to Michigan.  And then the last visit will probably be to Washington or USC," said Asiasi.  "The only guaranteed one though (in January) is Alabama.  The others are still up in the air.  It's just a matter of who I want to see."

A decision will then come from Asiasi on Signing Day.

Asiasi said those five schools are the ones he's focused on between now and when he announces.

UCLA has been coming on more with Asiasi, prioritizing him and trying to get he and Tagaloa to play their collegiate ball in Los Angeles.

"I've been watching UCLA the last couple of weeks and love the way they use their tight end (Thomas Duarte)," said Asiasi.  "They match him up at the goal line and get him in the open field.  And Josh Rosen, just watching him at UCLA and seeing him grow as a quarterback and as well as he's doing and just seeing how much of a weapon he is, it would be a good opportunity."

Michigan and Jim Harbaugh have also had a good history of tight ends, with Jake Butt a featured part of their passing game.

"I like how Michigan is always using their tight end and getting him the ball," said Asiasi.  "Coach (Jay) Harbaugh is recruiting me more than Coach Jim (Harbaugh), but they both say how they definitely like to use their tight end in the offense."

Alabama, where former De La Salle defensive lineman Tosh Lupoi is coaching, also has a big time tight end that has caught Asiasi's eye. 

"O.J. is probably going in to the draft next year, so Alabama would be a good opportunity to come in and play right away so that is something I'm considering," said Asiasi.  "Coach Tosh is recruiting me and we have a good relationship.  And then every 2-3 weeks, I talk to Coach (Nick) Saban.  He always gets the best players in hand and that is probably the best program in the country and they definitely get their players to the next level."

Washington had Asiasi in for an unofficial visit in the offseason and tight ends coach Jordan Paopao has done a good job with Asiasi.

"Washington, when I visited it unofficially, I loved it and loved the area," said Asiasi.  "It reminded me of San Francisco, a big city with the weather just like San Francisco.  Coach Paopao and Coach Pete (Chris Petersen) are recruiting me hard.

USC had long been a favorite of Asiasi and he's eager to see who the Trojans hire as head coach, with interim coach Clay Helton, who started recruiting Asiasi, a candidate.

"Coach Helton was recruiting me first then Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo) took over," said Asiasi.  "USC is still one of my favorite teams and one of the top teams in the country, I just want to see who takes over."

Asiasi has been a big part of the Spartans' defensive line this season, but said offense is where his heart is.

"I love defense and I love going on the defensive line.  There is nothing like that good feeling when you make a play on the defensive line. But I've always been an offensive player. I started as a quarterback.  And I've always wanted to play offense in college," said Asiasi.

A U.S. Army All-American, Asiasi said he's eager to get down to San Antonio in January.

"I'm definitely excited about the Army Bowl," said Asiasi.  "You really grow up watching that game and any football fan will tell you they watched the Army Bowl.  So being able to be a part of that is a blessing to me.  I worked hard to get to this point where I can feel really rewarded and getting invited to the Army Bowl is such a family.  I'm so thankful for my family and God for helping me to get to that."

De La Salle will play San Ramon (Calif.) California in the NCS D-I quarterfinals on Friday, as they aim for their second straight Open Division title.


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