UCLA head coach Jim Mora recently hinted that the Bruins would be active in the transfer market in the coming months and that certainly rang true Thursday afternoon.
It's a major coup for the Bruins, who last year were among the finalists for the No. 1-rated tight end in the West region and No. 4 in the nation. UCLA signed his De La Salle teammate, four-star defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa, in that class so this is a reunion for those two, as well as former Wolverines assistants Jedd Fisch and Jimmie Dougherty.
The 6-foot-3, 287-pound Asiasi appeared in all 13 games as a freshman this past season, but didn't make much of an impact at Michigan, registering only two receptions for a total of 18 yards and a touchdown.
It's uncertain what position Asiasi will end up playing at UCLA, with a possibility of him landing at tight end, defensive line or even perhaps offensive line.
If he does play tight end, from a roster standpoint, Asiasi adds some size and physicality to an already developing tight end position that had a bigger role in the offense last year. Asiasi must sit out a season after transferring, but should complement the likes of Austin Roberts, Jimmy Jaggers, Jordan Wilson, Moses Robinson-Carr and Caleb Wilson in 2018. It also gives UCLA some flexibility if there are any position changes.
While Tagaloa's presence played an important role, we've also heard the relationship with Bay Area recruiter Angus McClure was key once Asiasi received his release from Michigan. From a recruiting standpoint, this development could have deeper implications at De La Salle, particularly with four-star defensive tackle and top UCLA target Tuli Letuligasenoa.