UCLA Made a Big Impression on Scout 100 TE Devin Asiasi

Dec. 15 -- Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Devin Asiasi has had UCLA on his short list since the spring and visited the Westwood campus for the first time over the weekend...

Spartan athlete Devin Asiasi is one of the nation's top players on both sides of the ball. 

He's the top tight end in the West and just moved in to the Scout 100 at No. 71 earlier today. Although offense is his preference, Asiasi is a tremendous talent on the defensive line and could be an immidiate contributor on that side of the ball as well.

Over the weekend, Asiasi took his first official visit of the year to UCLA. 

"The trip was even better than I expected," Asiasi said. "I knew it would be nice, but it exceeded my expectations for sure. The campus is beautiful and I love the area. Everything is right there and I had a strong comfort level the whole weekend.

"I love the coaches, the players on the team and the scheme as well. They see me as a combination of Thomas Duarte and Nate Iese. I'll be used in the passing game like Duarte and match up against corners and safeties but I can also play in the trenches and be involved in the blocking schemes like Nate is. Nate was actually my host and he's a great guy, all the players were and they showed us a really good time."

Coming from DLS, Asiasi said he was hoping to find a similar family feel at UCLA.

"Yeah, I definitely got that family feel there," Asiasi said. "Coach Mora is awesome, my whole family loved him. He was so welcoming and invited my family in to his house and treated us great.  I'm a very family-oriented guy and this trip really opened my eyes to UCLA a lot more.

"I was always considering them but they're definitely high up on my list right now. This was my first official visit but I've been to a few other schools on unofficial visits and UCLA just felt like home to me. When you combine the football, academics, the campus and the relationships, it was a really good trip for me."

Up next for Asiasi will be January visits to Washington (Jan. 15), Alabama (Jan. 22) and USC (Jan. 30).

"I'll be announcing on Signing Day," Asiasi said. "All of those schools are recruiting me really hard and it's going to be a tough decision. Michigan is on me hard too but I don't know if I'll be able to visit since there's only three visit weekends in January. If it happens, it happens so we'll see. I have some great options and I'm going to take as much time as I can before making my decision."

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